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Should I remove Notepad++?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
2% remove it98% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #109
United States Rank #215
Reach 4.7627%
Installation trends (last 30 days)
Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 18.36 days
541.58 days >
Average installed length: 284.56 days


6.9 0.09%
6.8.9 0.16%
6.8.8 2.24%
6.8.7 0.32%
6.8.6 1.69%
6.8.5 0.34%
6.8.4 0.06%
6.8.3 2.46%
6.8.2 0.63%
6.8.1 1.40%
6.8 0.64% 2.11% 0.07%
6.7.9 0.36% 1.67% 0.19%
6.7.8 0.13%
6.7.7 2.21%
6.7.6 0.06%
6.7.5 3.47%
6.7.4 5.41%
6.7.3 0.62%
6.7.2 0.27%
6.7.1 0.40%
6.7 0.42%
6.6.9 8.71%
6.6.8 4.45%
6.6.7 4.19%
6.6.6 1.44%
6.6.4 0.68%
6.6.3 2.42%
6.6.2 0.72%
6.6.1 0.35%
6.6 0.26%
6.5.5 8.01%
6.5.4 2.77%
6.5.3 5.23%
6.5.2 5.29%
6.5.1 4.78%
6.5 4.67%
6.4.5 6.08%
6.4.4 0.09%
6.4.3 1.99%
6.4.2 1.46%
6.4.1 0.84%
6.4 0.01%
6.3.3 3.57%
6.3.2 4.42%
6.3.1 0.00%
6.3 0.01%
6.2.3 0.01%
71 versions



Notepad++ is a program developed by Notepad++ Team. The most used version is 6.6.9, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation, it defines an auto-start registry entry which allows the program run on each boot for the user which installed it. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. When installed, it will add a context menu handler to the Windows shell in order to provide quick access to the program. The main program executable is notepad++.exe. The software installer includes 55 files and is usually about 13.5 MB (14,156,106 bytes). The program is built using the Nokia Qt cross-platforms native C++ framework. In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows 8. While about 36% of users of Notepad++ come from the United States, it is also popular in France and Germany.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: notepad-plus-plus.org
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\notepad++
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Notepad++\uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 13.5 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Notepad++

Program executable:notepad++.exe
Notepad++ : a free (GNU) source code editor
Path:C:\Program Files\notepad++\notepad++.exe
Additional files:
  • nppshellext.dll - Notepad++ Shell Extension (Shell Extension Module)
  • FreeImagePlus.dll (by FreeImage) - FreeImagePlus (FreeImagePlus library)
  • FreeImage.dll (by FreeImage) - FreeImage (FreeImage library)
  • SciLexer.dll (by Neil Hodgson [email protected]) - Scintilla (Scintilla.DLL - a Source Editing Component)
  • python27.dll (by Python Software Foundation) - Python (Python Core)
  • zlib1.dll - zlib (zlib data compression library)
  • QtCore4.dll (by Nokia and/or its subsidiary(-ies)) - Qt4 (C++ application development framework.)
  • QtGui4.dll (by Nokia and/or its subsidiary(-ies))
  • QtScript4.dll
  • libxml2.dll
  • libxslt.dll
  • nppcm.dll (by Burgaud.com) - Context Handler Menu for Notepad++
  • nppIExplorerShell.exe
  • NppShell_04.dll - ShellHandler for Notepad++ (64 bit)
  • NppShell_05.dll
  • NppShell_06.dll
  • uninstall.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

5 Context Menu Handlers
  • NppShell_06.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'ANotepad++64' with a class of {B298D29A-A6ED-11DE-BA8C-A68E55D89593}.
  • nppcm.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'SciTE' with a class of {120B94B5-2E6A-4F13-94D0-414BCB64FA0F}.
  • NppShell_05.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'ANotepad++' with a class of {00F3C2EC-A6EE-11DE-A03A-EF8F55D89593}.
  • nppshellext.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'NppShellExt' with a class of {1CE8B2C9-EAEF-43fc-8218-F092E4F94A47}.
  • NppShell_04.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'ANotepad++64' with a class of {B298D29A-A6ED-11DE-BA8C-A68E55D89593}.
Scheduled Task
  • notepad++.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{4DA6C546-6110-43FB-A33C-4AD4464AA7ED}' (runs on registration).
Startup File (User Run)
  • notepad++.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Notepad++' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Notepad++\notepad++.exe".
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • notepad++.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Notepad++\notepad++.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:10.51 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0002320778%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00003644%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00019563%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:8,211,640
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:1.21 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:108 Bytes
105.02 KB average

How do I remove Notepad++?

Quickly and completely remove Notepad++ from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall Notepad++ from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Notepad++, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Notepad++.

Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 2%
Keep it 98%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 53.32%
Windows 8 42.88%
Windows XP 2.49%
Windows Vista 1.26%
Windows Server 2003 0.04%
Windows 8.1 0.01%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 18.40%
Windows 7 Ultimate 16.26%
Windows 7 Professional 14.85%
Windows 8.1 11.72%
Windows 8.1 Pro 10.29%
Windows 10 Home 4.07%

Distribution by countryGeography

35.73% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 35.73%
  France 7.41%
  Germany 5.93%
  United Kingdom 4.46%
  Canada 3.26%
  Italy 2.45%
  India 2.39%
  Netherlands 2.25%
  Brazil 2.07%
  Australia 1.85%
  MA 1.62%
  Sweden 1.36%
  Belgium 1.34%
  Spain 1.18%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 22.58%
Dell 21.66%
ASUS 14.98%
Acer 14.26%
Lenovo 6.93%
Toshiba 4.51%
Samsung 3.85%
MSI 1.48%
Intel 1.47%
Alienware 1.31%
Common models
ASUS All Series 10.94%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.82%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 4.76%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.90%
Dell Inspiron N5110 2.38%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 2.19%

comments3 comments

user comment
user comment
SilverWizardover a year ago
Wouldn't call it 'basic' (that would be Windows Notepad) but it is the best I have ever used and I have tried pretty much every other one I have run across or have had recommended by others. Most of those 'others' are now using Notepad ++ instead. It has some really cool plug-ins that make it even better than it already is.
user comment
Mad Wolfover a year ago
Beat basic text editor I have found also can be used or scripting in most languages c , c++ , c# ect. list is way to long for here. Also absolutely free You can donate to the project if it fills a need constantly updated . There is also a portable apps version that runs very well from a usb drive.
user comment
Kozbaraover a year ago
Best free text editor. Allow multiple tab for documents.