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HTML Tidy broken in Notepad++

If you’re running Notepad++ on Windows 7 x64 like me, you’ll notice that after a clean install of v6.1.1 you can no longer use HTML Tidy. This plugin is very useful if you spend lots of time looking at or cleaning up other people’s HTML code. I don’t know where I’d be without HTML Tidy. Anyhow…there’s a fix. It involves downloading an older zipped version of Notepad++ (v5.9), extracting a folder from the zip file and copying it to your Notepad++ program files directory. Here’s how to do it:

[the problem]

After installing Notepad++ v6.1 via the installer on Windows 7 x64 and then adding the TextFX plugin through the plugin manager, you get this when trying to use HTML Tidy:

A menu option that says something about reloading the libtidy.dll but does not actually do anything.

[the solution]

[step 1] Close Notepad++ and in Explorer, navigate to C:Program Files (x86)Notepad++plugins.

[step 2] Download version 5.9.0 of Notepad++ as a zip file.

[step 3] Open the zip file in another Explorer window and drag the Config folder in npp.5.9.bin.zipunicodeplugins to the explorer window you opened in [step 1] (C:Program Files (x86)Notepad++plugins). In other words, extract the Config folder in the zip file to your installations plugins folder.

[step 4] Re-open Notepad++ and voila!

April 17, 2012