Notepad++ is a popular code editor that is known for its speed and efficiency. However, working with large files can sometimes be a challenge, even for Notepad++. In this blog post, we will discuss some tips for working with large files in Notepad++.
- Use the “Fold” feature
Notepad++ offers a “Fold” feature that allows you to collapse and expand sections of code. This feature can be handy when working with large files or complex code. To use code folding, you need to click on the small plus and minus signs on the left side of the code.
- Turn off auto-completion and auto-save
Auto-completion and auto-save features can slow down Notepad++ when working with large files. To improve performance, you can turn off these features by going to the Settings menu and selecting Preferences. From there, you can find the options to turn off auto-completion and auto-save.
- Disable syntax highlighting
Syntax highlighting can also slow down Notepad++ when working with large files. To disable syntax highlighting, go to the Language menu and select “None”.
- Use the “Bookmark” feature
Notepad++ offers a “Bookmark” feature that allows you to mark specific lines in a file. This can be useful when working with large files and you need to jump to a specific section quickly. To use bookmarks, you need to go to the “Search” menu and select “Bookmark”.
- Use “Find in files” instead of “Find”
When searching for text in a large file, it can be faster to use the “Find in files” feature instead of the regular “Find” feature. This feature allows you to search for text in multiple files at once. To use “Find in files”, go to the “Search” menu and select “Find in files”.
- Increase Notepad++’s memory usage
By default, Notepad++ is configured to use a limited amount of memory. If you are working with large files, you can increase the memory usage by going to the Settings menu and selecting Preferences. From there, you can find the option to increase the memory usage.
Working with large files in Notepad++ can be challenging, but these tips can help you improve performance and make the process smoother. By using code folding, turning off auto-completion and auto-save, disabling syntax highlighting, using bookmarks, using “Find in files”, and increasing memory usage, you can work with large files more efficiently and effectively.