How to Configure Notepad++ to Store Settings on the Cloud

Microsoft introduced Notepad in 1983 when it was just a MD-DOS program. It went many updates before appearing in Windows 95 but after that Microsoft basically forgot about adding any new features to this popular editor. As a result users started to look elsewhere and as a result demand for the third party software like UltraEdit sore. Now a days, Notepad++ has basically replaced Microsoft Notepad in the Windows computers used by intermediate to advanced users.

If you also use Notepad++ and want it to have the same settings on all of your computers, then you can make use of its cloud storage feature. It allows you to store its settings on the cloud so that the same settings are then can be used no matter where you install Notepad++.

Here is how you can enable cloud storage for Notepad++ configuration files:

  1. Launch Notepad++ and select Settings → Preferences from the menubar.Save Notepad++ Settings on the Cloud
  2. In the Preferences window, select the Cloud section from the left-side list.
  3. Select Set your cloud location path here and enter the full path to your the folder shared by your cloud storage client app such as OneDrive, Dropbox, SpiderOak etc. Since OneDrive comes pre-installed with Windows 10, you can choose OneDrive shared path if you don’t have any other cloud storage client installed.Save Notepad++ Settings on the Cloud
  4. Click on the Close button and restart Notepad++ for the changes to take place.

It stores five files containing Notepad++ configuration in the cloud storage folder: config.xml, contextMenu.xml, langs.xml, shortcuts.xml, stylers.xml, and userDefineLang.xml. When you install Notepad++ on any other computer, you can simply install the same cloud storage app using the same account and then change the Notepad++ settings to use its cloud storage folder. Notepad++, when restarted, will automatically read the new settings from this folder. This way you can have exactly the same Notepad++ settings on all of your computers.