How to Make Notepad++ Display Loading Time at Launch

Even since it was released, Notepad++ has become the most popular text editor designed for the Windows operating system. It is a highly versatile text editor and we can edit or view almost all kinds of  plain text, source-code files, log files and configuration files. The feature that wins over everyone’s heart is its multi-tabbed user interface.

Notepad++ offers so many features that it is going to take several thousand words to enlist them all. But the most popular features include syntax highlighting, code folding, auto-completion, and support of all kinds of text-encoding. This free text editor can be found on the Windows PC of all the serious coders and admins.

Even though Notepad++ is very lightweight and does not consume too many of the system resources, the developers of Notepad++ have included a special feature to display the loading time at its launch. Here is how we can easily make Notepad++ display the loading time at its launch:

  1. Right-click on the desktop shortcut of Notepad++ and select Properties from the context-menu.
  2. In the Properties window, select the Shortcut tab if not already selected.
  3. Find Target command line, append a space and then -loadingTime.Loading Time Notepad++
  4. Click on the OK button to save the settings.
  5. Now when you launch Notepad++ using this shortcut, it will display the loading time in a small window.

Loading Time Notepad++

The loading time window shows the time taken by Notepad++ in various steps. The first time displayed is the time taken in Notepad++ initialization. Then it shows the time taken for loading the plugins. After loading the plugins, it begins to load all the files that were left open in the last session. Then it shows the time taken to handle the command line parameters if any. You can reduce the loading time by disabling or uninstalling the plugins that you never use.

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