I’ve previously blogged about using Notepad++ to compare two text files but ths plugin functionality has been excluded from its latest update due to “compatibility issues”.
Getting this plugin back into Notepad++ is easy and here’s what you can do.
1. Goto notepad++ plugins donwload page at Sourceforge here
2. Select ComparePlugin from the plugins table and download ComparePluginx.x.x.unicode.zip.
3. Inside the downloaded zip file, you will find the ComparePlugin.dll. Unzip and place this into your Notepad++ plugins directory (which is usually at C:\Program Files\Notepad++\plugins)
4. That’s it. You get to compare your 2 text files in Notepad++ once again 🙂
Update: There’s now an even easier way to get new plugins such as the “compare plugin” installed into Notepad++. Just use the new Notepad++ Plugin Manager introduced since Notepad v5.6.