Quicktext : Accelerate your coding speed on Notepad++

I am a PC user and I like it, but at the same time I miss some cool editors like Coda or Textmate which are made for Mac OS X. I am using Notepad++ since I began coding themes. It is a free, source code editor with GPL license and it supports a wide array of languages. That includes html, php, css, javascript, xml etc, which coders primarily work with.

If you are a wordpress coder, you would know that there are so many things you have to repeat everytime you create a new template. Let that be the writing template tags, the loops, custom query loops, stylesheet etc etc. Normally we find a way around this by copy-pasting the codes from the Codex site, or from a previous template. But even this takes it’s share of time while googling for it , finding the right one and importing it. So in the end, a major part of the time we spend on the project is actually spent outside the editor.

Notepad++ has a plugin which could help us save much time from the above mentioned hassles. It is called”Quicktext” and can be accessed under the “Plugins” tab of its menu. It lets us create custom tags , which can be replaced by predefined code snippets. That means I just type the word “loop”, select that word and when I hit the tab button the word is replaced by the actual WordPress loop. But of course this would only happen if I have already assigned the WordPress loop snippet to that custom tag called “loop”.

I have made a small video of Quicktext in action and it also shows how to create new custom quick text tags. It has no audio but the video explains it all. Try full screen if the text is not clear for you.

You can create a wide range of Quicktext tags which you commonly use during your coding projects. I recommend this WordPress cheat sheet as a reference. You can make your own custom tags based on that cheat sheet and believe me, it will save you a great deal of time.

Good day..and Get creative…

  • Dave

    Hey,
    Great tip on Notepad++. I use it too but have 1 issue I haven’t been able to resolve. There doesn’t appear to be a color picker to convert color code, like #003399 for navy blue. Any tips on how to manage colors?
    Thanks.

    • jinsona

      There was a colorpicker plugin for N++ .I am not sure it works with the latest version.

  • Dave

    Hey,
    Great tip on Notepad++. I use it too but have 1 issue I haven’t been able to resolve. There doesn’t appear to be a color picker to convert color code, like #003399 for navy blue. Any tips on how to manage colors?
    Thanks.

    • jinsona

      There was a colorpicker plugin for N++ .I am not sure it works with the latest version.

  • Thanks, this is really useful. I can already imagine lots of scenarios where this would come in handy, not just in WordPress templates, but in general HTML coding…

    eg shortcode of img {tab}
    would give me
    [img src=”” width=”” height=”” alt=”” title=”” /]

    thanks ūüôā

    • jinsona

      Yes, of course. This has possibilities in all language platforms, since N++ has a wide array of languages supported.

  • Thanks, this is really useful. I can already imagine lots of scenarios where this would come in handy, not just in WordPress templates, but in general HTML coding…

    eg shortcode of img {tab}
    would give me
    [img src=”” width=”” height=”” alt=”” title=”” /]

    thanks ūüôā

    • jinsona

      Yes, of course. This has possibilities in all language platforms, since N++ has a wide array of languages supported.

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  • Great video, nicely explained, thank you.

  • This is cool! And so interested! Are u have more posts like this? Plese tell me, thanks

  • Great Video Tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

  • Notepad++ is really an advanced one and it really helps a lot in making our work easier,..Thanks for sharing your tips,..Keep sharing …ecommerce website developer

  • Abc

    Using Notepad++ v5.8.5 Unicode and it not working properly. QuickText resets itself every time I close Notepad++ and all the things I’ve added are lost. Anyone experiencing the same problem as me?

    • perico

      you have to execute notepad++ as administrator

  • leftmice

    Thanks! it helps me alot ūüėÄ

  • Adavilav

    yes it is a great post and great plugin but unfortunately at this time (n++ 5.9) it is not supported, in fact when you are installing n++ the quicktext plugin is moved to disabled directory by unstable. The creator doesnt plan to update (at least in short time joao moreno’s blog). if you know another plugin¬†that can do the same, please comment us. English is not¬†native language i’ve been trying hard looking for a plugin or what quicktext does without luck. i tried “text substitution”¬†but got “find/replace” aming others. if you know any other editor with “quicktext”¬†features it would be really¬†appreciated¬†¬†

  • Adavilav

    yes it is a great post and great plugin but unfortunately at this time (n++ 5.9) it is not supported, in fact when you are installing n++ the quicktext plugin is moved to disabled directory by unstable. The creator doesnt plan to update (at least in short time joao moreno’s blog). if you know another plugin¬†that can do the same, please comment us. English is not¬†native language i’ve been trying hard looking for a plugin or what quicktext does without luck. i tried “text substitution”¬†but got “find/replace” aming others. if you know any other editor with “quicktext”¬†features it would be really¬†appreciated¬†¬†

  • Adavilav

    yes it is a great post and great plugin but unfortunately at this time (n++ 5.9) it is not supported, in fact when you are installing n++ the quicktext plugin is moved to disabled directory by unstable. The creator doesnt plan to update (at least in short time joao moreno’s blog). if you know another plugin¬†that can do the same, please comment us. English is not¬†native language i’ve been trying hard looking for a plugin or what quicktext does without luck. i tried “text substitution”¬†but got “find/replace” aming others. if you know any other editor with “quicktext”¬†features it would be really¬†appreciated¬†¬†

  • Your article is good, albeit very obvious once you’ve had enough experience. For a beginner though it’s a good read. I do disagree with your stance on using hacks though. Sometimes it’s the fastest, lowest cost way to make things work.

  • Jeroen

    Anybody searching for a similar plugin like this in the newest NP++: it’s called FingerText now.