How to compare two files in Notepad++ v7.8.1

How to compare two files in Notepad++ v7.8.1
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In this post I will show you how to compare two files in Notepad ++. In the latest versions of the tool (such as v7.8.1), installing the Compare plugin is extremely simple and quick.

A few back versions comparing files in Notepad++ was possible after downloading and installing the Compare plugin or installing it directly through Plugin Manager. In the latest versions of the tool, you no longer have to download Compare manually, and Plugin Manager has evolved into Plugins Admin.

Install the Compare plugin

1.In the menu bar select Plugins -> Plugins Admin…

2. In the Search field, insert Compare. The automatically searched plugin will be found in the list. Select it by clicking on Checkbox and then select Install

3. Notepad ++ will ask for permission to restart the tool, click Yes

Ready! Let’s see if everything works.

Plugin test

1.If you have two open files in Notepad++, select Plugins -> Compare -> Compare

2. You should see the result of comparing your files. For me it looks like this:

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