Sunday, April 3, 2011

Use Notepad++ instead of SharePoint Designer

I build and configure a lot of VM’s and I found a need to keep my IDE consistent across all of them.  Since I use Notepad++ for most, if not all, of my code; it’s absolutely necessary for me to have the same toolset no matter what VM I’m working in.  I’ve taken what I liked most about SPD and added it to Notepad++.  You’ll notice when you right click, you can select a tag, for example.  I’ve added a whole lot more capabilities also.  Check out the video to see what you can do with it. 

How to get it installed?

Unfortunately DropBox allows you to only share files.  For now, you can download the ProgramFiles/AppData from here.  You don’t need DropBox to make this work either.  All you have to do is install Notepad++ and then rename the Notepad++ folders.  Put a new Notepad++ folder in its place instead, then copy the files from above into those folders. 

The Sysinternals Suite helps by providing the junction.exe tool.  Without this, I’d have to manage my IDE in many different environments and I would never have the same experience across the board.  I highly recommend to have these tools on your box if you want to do anything remotely fun with your computer.

What can I do with it?

Lots!  This is just a glimpse into what you can do with it.  I didn’t even have enough time to go over the code snippets.  I hope you enjoy your new Notepad++ capabilities.  Definitely click on the Plugins menu and explore.  There’s a whole lot of interesting things you can do with it.

Update: I almost forgot to mention where I learned the junction.exe technique from.  My buddy Ravikanth Chaganti first introduced me to the technique with this post.  Excellent work Ravi!


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Ravikanth said...

Very nice use of junctions and dropbox. BTW, thanks for the shout-out!

Mark Hendley said...

Thanks! I know this is an older thread, but I just started using your Notepad++ enhancements for my SharePoint editing. I love it!