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How to compare files in Notepad ++

Notepad ++ is an excellent open source text editor with heaps of functionality. This tutorial will show you how to install the compare plugin and then compare files in notepad ++.

Step 1

Step 2

  • The file that’s downloaded should be called ComparePlugin.v.
  • Right click on it and extract the files


  • When the folder extracts enter it, you should see a file called
    • ComparePlugin.dll
  • Copy this file

Step 4

  • Paste the file to:
    • C:\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++\plugins – depending on how you installed notepad ++ you may need to paste it to C:\Program Files\Notepad++\plugins

Step 5

  • Start Notepad ++ (restart if you already have it open) and open the two files you want to compare.
  • Right click on one of the files and select move to Other view.


Step 6

Now click Plugins, Compare and Compare again.

You can now see the differences highlighted in Notepad ++

A full video tutorial can be found here: