Notepad++ Autosave

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 27, 2009
Updated • Mar 26, 2012
Software, Windows, Windows software

Notepad++ is one of the most popular Notepad replacements that is constantly improved by its developers. It offers the same performance as the built-in Windows text editor, and comes with a multitude of features that range from syntax highlighting over multi-document support and auto-completion. What makes the text editor stand out a little bit more than comparable Notepad replacements is the plugin engine that makes it possible to load plugins in the text editor to extend the functionality further.

We have covered Notepad++ plugins in the past which can be really helpful under certain circumstances. One of the most useful plugins for users who work with Notepad++ regularly is the Autosave plugin.

The plugin can be downloaded from the developer's website. It needs to be extracted into the plugins folder of the Notepad++ installation (the folder might need to be created if this is the first plugin).

The new autosave option becomes available after the next program start once the two files have been placed in the plugins folders.

Autosave can be configured to automatically save documents if the application loses focus or at time intervals with the default interval set to one minute. It is furthermore possible to only save the current document or only named ones so that these temp documents that some users like to create do not get saved on the computer system.

Update: The latest versions of Notepad, at lest the one that is installed, ships with several plug-ins included automatically unless you disable that during installation. This means that you do not need to create the plugins folder anymore in the Notepad directory as it is already there.


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  1. Martin said on March 12, 2023 at 3:05 pm

    An even quicker way to open Task Manager is by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc.

  2. archie bald said on March 12, 2023 at 4:32 pm

    Win+Pause used to be the goto shortcut for me since… W95… Ms recently hijacked it and you now get Sysinfo. Device manager is still accessible this way: the second to last link at the bottom.

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