One of the first things that I do after installing the Windows operating system on a PC is to install essential software on the system.
One of the programs that I tend to install on all PCs is Notepad++, a text editor that is far superior to Windows' default plain text editor Notepad.
The text editor Notepad++ is already very powerful and if you just need it for some basic text editing or coding, then you may not need to expand its functionality further.
If you do use it regularly for work or other purposes, then you may want to browse the vast assortment of plugins that are available for it.
QuickText is a free plugin for Notepad++ that you can use to add text snippets to the application. You define a tag and substitution text, and only need to type the text in Notepad++ and press Tab afterwards to replace it automatically with the selected substitution text.
Where that is useful?
In many, many situations. If you are using Notepad++ to code, you could create code snippets. A basic example would be the tag HTML which when used would add the core HTML file structure to the document automatically. So, instead of writing HTML, Head and Body tags manually, those would be filled out automatically for you and with less work on your side.
You can use it for other purposes as well. Maybe you write letters in Notepad++. If that is the case, you could add text that you always add to your letters using snippets.
You do need to install a recent version of Notepad++ on your system first. If you have done so, head over to the QuickText website that is hosted by Sourceforge and hit the download button there to download the plugin to your system.
Extract the contents of the archive, and move the files to the plugin folder of your Notepad++ installation. Mine is located here: C:\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++\plugins\
You will notice that there are two versions of the plugin, one for Unicode and one for Ansi. You need to delete one of them eventually. Notepad will let you know which one it does not support, so that you can remove it from the plugin folder to get rid of the message.
QuickText is enabled automatically then, and you can launch the plugins configuration with clicks on Plugins > QuickText > Options.
Several languages are already displayed on the left, but do not need to be used at all. In fact, shortcuts only worked if I added text snippets under normal text here and not when I added them under different languages.
That's not really that much of a problem though, unless you want to add hundreds of snippets as it may be difficult to keep an overview over all of them.
The text snippets plugin can be really useful if you are using Notepad++ on a regular basis. It can save you time, and while you spend some of it creating your snippets, it is likely that it will pay off in the long run.