How To Auto-Format / Indent XML/HTML in Notepad++


Is there a way to re-indent a block of code? I'm looking for something similar to Ctrl+Shift+F in Eclipse (Auto-Format/Indent).

To be clear,

  • I already know how to format XML outside of Notepad++ (Eclipse works fine, as mentioned) so I don't need a bunch of links to other XML-formatting tools.
  • I'm specifically working with XML and HTML.
  • Ideally, there's a keybinding as convenient as the one in Eclipse, so I don't have to break my workflow.

I already know about NppAutoIndent - it won't work, as I'm working with XML, HTML and CSS.

11/24/2017 3:54:03 PM

Accepted Answer

Since I upgraded to 6.3.2, I use XML Tools.

  • install XML Tools via the Plugin Admin (Plugins → Plugins Admin... Then search for "XML Tools", check its box and click the "Install" button).
  • use the shortcut Ctrl+Alt+Shift+B (or menu → Plugins → XML Tools → Pretty Print)

In older versions: menu → TextFX → HTML Tidy → Tidy: Reindent XML.

8/23/2020 7:23:55 PM

Install Tidy2 plugin. I have Notepad++ v6.2.2, and Tidy2 works fine so far.


For those who don't know, npp has a lot of support from plugins and other projects. You can download those plugins from SourceForge.

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You need XML Tools to format your text in n++

After you have downloaded XML Tools ..

Exit Notepad++

Go To C:\Program File\Notepad++ .... Your N++ installed folder.

  1. Place below files from xml tools which you downloaded in the npp root folder by copy replace

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  1. Go To ..\Plugins subfolder and place below downloaded file

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Restart and enjoy!!!

Ctrl + Alt + Shft + B to format.


It's been the third time that I install Windows and npp and after some time I realize the tidy function no longer work. So I google for a solution, come to this thread, then with the help of few more so threads I finally fix it. I'll put a summary of all my actions once and for all.

  1. Install TextFX plugin: Plugins -> Plugin Manager -> Show Plugin Manager. Select TextFX Characters and install. After a restart of npp, the menu 'TextFX' should be visible. (credits: @remipod).

  2. Install libtidy.dll by pasting the Config folder from an old npp package: Follow instructions in this answer.

  3. After having a Config folder in your latest npp installation destination (typically C:\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++\plugins), npp needs write access to that folder. Right click Config folder -> Properties -> Security tab -> select Users, click Edit -> check Full control to allow read/write access. Note that you need administrator privileges to do that.

  4. Restart npp and verify TextFX -> TextFX HTML Tidy -> Tidy: Reindent XML works.


Notepad ++ doesn't provide any such feature by default. But you can use some online tools to autoformat text like .

It helps. :)


I had to update the proxy settings under Plugins -> Plugin Manager -> Show Plugin Manager -> Settings to see any PlugIns in the "Available" list.

After that, installing "XML Tools" was easy and did the requested job as described above.


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