How to Apply Color to Tabs in Notepad++ Editor

All Windows users know about the text editor that comes pre-installed called Microsoft Notepad. But it is rather limited in its features and cannot be used to edit source-code files in a comfortable manner. This is why more Windows users are choosing Notepad++. It is written using efficient C++ code and which is why it is so fast and responsive.

Notepad++ can be used to write source code files for a number of programming languages . It supports colored syntax highlighting  for a number of programming languages such as HTML, CSS, PHP, C, C++, C#, YAML, VBScript, JavaScript and more.

In the latest update to the Notepad++ editor, they have added yet another feature – the ability to add colors to open tabs. We can add different colors to different tabs in Notepad++ editor.

Notepad++ Tab Colors

Here is how you can apply colors to various open tabs in Notepad++ editor:

  1. Right-click on any of the open tabs.
  2. From the context-menu that appears, select Apply color to tab and then choose one of the colors. There are five colors available – yellow, green, blue, orange and purple.Notepad++ Tab Colors
  3. You can repeat the same steps for all the tabs that you want to add colors to. The colors are more visible when you switch to other tabs.

What if you want to remove the added color from the tabs? For this, Notepad++ offers a similar process. For removing the color from tabs for which you have previously added any of the colors, you can right-click on them and choose Apply color to tab and then Remove color.

Using colors is useful when you want to quickly identify an open file simply by looking at the tab color. When you have opened hundreds of files in Notepad++, we can look at the color to find the open file faster. Similarly, we can group various files together by applying the same color to those tabs.