Like any editor, Notepad provides support for the comparison of files using compare plugin. Compare plugin compares the files with
- Compare text content
- Difference between two code files
- Compare two versions of the same file
It also shows differences between the below things highlighted colors.
- Line added
- line removed
- line modified This tutorial works on the latest version 8.1 or more.
How to Compare text content files in a notepad++ text editor?
Here are the steps to compare the files in the notepad text editor.
Open notepad++ text editor( Version 8.x or more)
Plugins Adminmenu item
It opens the
Plugins Admin windowand types
comparein the Search box.
It shows below the window and selects
Compare pluginas given below
![Notepad++ Compare text files content](/images/editors/notepad++/ compare-plugin-install.png)
And, the Select install button installs the plugin.
Open the files that you want to compare in two separate tabs in Notepad++
CompareOption(Ctrl + Alt +C)
Two Files are shown and split between the editor in the side-by-side view.
You will see conflicting lines highlighted as seen below
Also, You can see arrow icons in blue colors to navigate next and previous differences
You can close the split windows and close compare features using Select
Clear All CompareOption(Ctrl + Alt + Shift +X)
Also, Compare plugin has a few options as shown above.
Set As First to Compare - Shortcut Ctrl + Alt +1
It sets the foreground file as the first file and the background file as the second file and compares both these files
Compare - Shortcut Ctrl + Alt +C
Compare two files and shows the differences in highlighted color. These options compare a file that opened this option with another file.
- Clear Active Compare (Ctrl + Alt +X)
- Clear All Compare` Option(Ctrl + Alt + Shift +X)
Both are used to close Active and all compare windows.
Svn Diff (Ctrl + Alt +V) Compare the selected file’s local version with the remote version of a file in the svn repository.
Git Diff (Ctrl + Alt +G) Compare file version with remote git repository
Ignore Spacesare ignored, default is unchecked
Navigation Bar: Show navigation bar helps with blue icons to go to file location instead of scroll
Detect Moves: icon show or hide for line add or removed
And also you have different configurations to Compare plugin settings
Settings, Settings window shown.
We can configure different styles like
- color for line added, removed, conflict
- Fist file as old file position