Command Line


Notepad++.exe [-multiInst] [-noPlugin] [-ro] [-nosession] [-notabbar] [-n##] [-l$$$] [FILES]

Notepad++ supports a few command line parameters to control its startup. The following options are supported (they are case sensitive):

-nline number
Line number to go to for each file opened.
Start editing in Column mode.
Displays this list, i.e. all the command line switches
Displays the loading time of all files Notepad++ is started with. The result is displayed in a message box, with second as unit.
allow Notpead++ to start more than one instance. By default, if Notepad++ is already started files wil lbe opened in that instance, but this option will start a new one.
Do not load any plugins. If you suspect a defunct plugin or you just do not wish to load them, add this option.
Any file now opened will be opened in Read only mode.
Do not load the previous session if Notepad++ is started. Do not save the session on exit either.
Hide the Tab Bar, even if the settings say otherwise.
Start Notepad++ minimised in the system tray, aka notification area
-xline number
Specify the horizontal position (in pixels) at which Notepad++ main window is to open.
-yline number
Specify the vertical position (in pixels) at which Notepad++ main window is to open.
-llanguage short name
Language to set for each file opened. $$$ is a short identifier string, of which the following are allowed:

normal, php, c, cpp, cs, objc, d, java, rc, html, xml, makefile, pascal, batch, ini, nfo, asp, sql, vb, javascript, css, perl, python, lua, tex, cobol, fortran, bash, actionscript, nsis, tcl, lisp, scheme, asm, diff, props, postscript, ruby, smalltalk, vhdl, kix, autoit, Gui4Cli, powershell, caml, ada, verilog, matlab, haskell, inno, cmake, yaml,r, jsp
Anything else will be interpreted as a filename. Always quote your filename to allow the path to contain spaces, otherwise Notepad++ will split the single path into multiple paths at each space.


The order of the options is not important.

For compatibility, Notepad++ will first try to identify the entire command line as a filename, even if it is unquoted. It is however not recommended to do this, always quote the filename.