How to Compare 2 Text Files In Notepad++

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If you are a regular user of Notepad++ and using some other tool to compare 2 text files, then here is the quick solution for you. I will explain in this tutorial that how to compare 2 text files in Notepad++ itself. Notepad++ is the best text editing application, and I am a regular user of this text editor.

Compare 2 Text Files In Notepad++

  1. Install Notepad++ on your PC.
  2. Open up the two files that you want to compare in Notepad++.
  3. Goto Plugins > Compare > Compare
  4. That’s it. It will now show 2 text files side by side with differences highlighted and you can easily compare them.

If you have Notepad++ installed and you can’t find Compare option under plugins, then here is the way to get it.

  1. Download Compare Plugin for Notepad++ from here.
  2. Extract the downloaded zip file, you will find the ComparePlugin.dll. Copy dll file and place this into your Notepad++ plugins installation directory . (Usually it’s C:>Program Files>Notepad++>plugins )
  3. That’s it, Open Notepad++ now and it’s will show the Compare option in your Notepad++ text editor.

I hope this tutorial/ tricks will help you to compare 2 text files in Notepad++. If you know more such tricks, then you can share with us via comments below.

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