Improving Notepad++ By Custom Themes November 13, 2011Posted by Tournas Dimitrios in Uncategorized.
Whether you you’re a programmer or simply an enthusiast having a good Integrated Development Environment (IDE) is fundamental . A good IDE helps you achieve your web-developments quickly and painless . There are lots of alternatives when choosing an IDE , if you own a Mac there are some good options like Textmate or Coda for about 50€ . On Windows , NetBeans or Aptana is a good choice , but if you are not a big fan of Java platform powered Software , a good lightweight solution could be Notepad++ .
The default appearance of Notepad++ (white background) make my eyes bleed , especially when spending hours in front of the screen . So let’s make it more enjoyable and useful , that way our workflow will probably increase and if not our desktop will look prettier .
First configuration after Notepad ++ installation is to change it’s default theme , I prefer darker to light themes , as they are softer on the eyes . The most recent versions of Notepad++ already brings some neat themes pre-installed , just select one with : Setting -> Style-Configurator -> Select-theme (drop down ) . You can also change the font setting but make sure on the Language you are on Global styles and on the Style you are on Global override . In order for your font to apply to your theme you need to click on the radio- buttons ” Enable global font option” and ” Enable global font size” . Actually each theme stores its settings in a separate xml file , the location of these configuration files is inside a folder “themes ” in Notepad’s installation directory ( C:\Program Files\Notepad++\themes ) .
Many themes are freely available on the Internet (in xml format ) , wich can be appended into Notepad’s theme directory . Textmate has a lot of nice themes that can be easily converted into Notepad’s format , don’t forget to restart Notepad after a new theme installation .
If you’re looking for a Free code-editor for building small-scale web applications , certainly Notepad++ is a good choice . The current style of my notepad++ is like the screenshot below (download the xml ) , I have installed monaco.ttf fonts into my computer’s font folder (C:\WINDOWS\Fonts) :