Usage via the command prompt

Notepad++ supports various case-sensitive command line parameters to control its startup and affect its behavior.

Help usage

notepad++ [--help] [-multiInst] [-noPlugin] [-l<Language>] [-L<langCode]
  [-n<line>] [-c<column>] [-p<pos>] [-x<left-pos>] [-y<TopPos>]
  [-nosession] [-notabbar] [-ro] [-systemtray] [-loadingTime]
  [-alwaysOnTop] [-openSession] [-r]
  [-qn<EasterEggName> | -qt<Text> | -qf<ContentFileName>]
  [-qSpeed(1|2|3)] [-quickPrint]
  [-settingsDir="d:\your settings dir\"] [-openFoldersAsWorkspace]
  [filepath]
  • --help: The help message for command line arguments. It will be shown before Notepad++’s launch.
  • -multiInst: Launch another Notepad++ instance, so user can have several Notepad++ simultaneously.
  • -noPlugin: Launch Notepad++ without loading any plugin.
  • -l: Open file or display ghost typing with syntax highlighting of choice. Language 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 and jsp.
  • -L: Apply indicated localization, langCode is browser language code
  • -n: Scroll to indicated line (LineNumber) on filepath.
  • -c: Scroll to indicated column (ColumnNumber) on filepath.
  • -p: Scroll to indicated 0 base position (Position) on filepath.
  • -x: Move Notepad++ to indicated left side position (LeftPos) on the screen.
  • -y: Move Notepad++ to indicated top position (TopPos) on the screen.
  • -nosession: Launch Notepad++ without previous session.
  • -notabbar: Launch Notepad++ without tabbar.
  • -ro: Make the filepath read only.
  • -systemtray: Launch Notepad++ directly in system tray.
  • -loadingTime: Display Notepad++ loading time.
  • -alwaysOnTop: Make Notepad++ always on top.
  • -openSession: Open a session. filepath must be a session file.
  • -r: Open files recursively. This argument will be ignored if filepath contain no wildcard character.
  • -qn: Launch ghost typing to display easter egg via its EasterEggName.
  • -qt: Launch ghost typing to display a text via the given Text
  • -qf: Launch ghost typing to display a file content via the file path ContentFileName
  • -qSpeed: Ghost typing speed. Value from 1 to 3 for slow, fast and fastest
  • -quickPrint: Print the file given as argument filepath then quit Notepad++
  • settingsDir="d:\your settings dir\": Override the default settings dir (new to v7.9.2)
  • -openFoldersAsWorkspace: Any folders listed as arguments will be opened as a workspace, rather than opening all the contained files individually (new to v7.8)
  • filepath: file or folder name to open (absolute or relative path name)

The order of the options is not important. Brackets indicate that the options are not required, and are not part of the command-line argument. The number of hyphens is significant, and the options are case sensitive.

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, as you should always quote the filename.

This help usage list can be accessed inside Notepad++ using the --help command line argument, or using the ?-menu’s Command Line Arguments entry.

Additional Options

There are other Notepad++ command-line options which aren’t included in the help usage list. These are intended for advanced usage or other special circumstances.

  • -notepadStyleCmdline: When you follow the instructions in Other Resources > Notepad Replacement, to replace Windows’ builtin notepad.exe with Notepad++, Windows will try to pass /p or /P as a command-line option when you try to print the file from the Explorer Context menu. Enabling this option allows Notepad++ to recognize that option, and convert it internally to the official -quickPrint option.
  • -z: Strips out any command line arguments found after this option. Aside from its use in the Notepad Replacement, this can be used to pass options to plugins, by placing the plugin’s options after the -z in the command line, and having the plugin parse through the command line to determine if the option is present. An example of this technique can be found in this Notepad++ Community Forum post, where a script run using the PythonScript plugin is able to use a command-line option to affect the script’s behavior.