Notepad3 Settings (Notepad3.ini)


This section can be used to redirect to a settings file which should be used by Notepad3.
If a non elevated user is not allowed to write to the program directory of Notepad3.exe, the side-by-side Notepad3.ini can point to a place, where the user is allowed to write his settings, for example : 
or a to have user specific settings:


This settings are read and written by Notepad3’s user interface.
For examples all Menu → Settings will go here.


This section offers some advanced Notepad3 program settings, and can only be edited manually. Press Ctrl+F7 to open the Notepad3 ini-file. Most changes only take effect upon restarting Notepad3.

  • The default value for the already supported languages is defined by the: OS language setting”.
  • The fallback is: en-US”.

  • Available Languages:
  English/United States (en-US) (internal default)
  Afrikaans/South Africa (af-ZA)
  Belarusian/Belarus (be-BY)
  German/Germany (de-DE)
  English/United Kingdom (en-GB)
  Spanish/Spain (es-ES)
  French/France (fr-FR)
  Hungarian/Hungary (hu-HU)
  Italian/Italy (it-IT)
  Korean/Korea (ko-KR)
  Japanese/Japan (ja-JP)
  Dutch/Netherlands (nl-NL)
  Portuguese (Brazil) (pt-BR)
  Russian/Russia (ru/RU)
  Chinese Simplified/China (zh-CN)

  • The timeout (in milliseconds) to wait before automatically reloading modified files. 
  • The default value of 2000 ms usually prevents read/write conflicts.

  • Specify the short/long date and time formats. This is the format parameter passed to the strftime() function. Note that the locale will be set to English (because of the English Visual C++ Run-time Library used by Notepad3).

  • Specify the default directory for the open and save dialogs, used if no file is opened. Path-names can be relative to the Notepad3 program directory.

  • Specify the default extension for saved files (omit the leading dot, just like txt or html).