I often come across a situation in which I have a file open in NP++, but it is changed by something else. A simple example would be where I am editing a program and viewing the output from that program at the same time.
NP++ recognises that situation, but (to my knowledge) it has only one response - to immediately ask what to do - even if I am editing on a different tab - which can be quite distracting.
Unless there is a feature of which I am unaware, it would be nice to have alternatives - something like:
1) Current default.
2) Replace silently unless the old file has been altered.
3) Don't ask unless the file in question is focused on.
4) Leave the file alone, but highlight a refresh button on the toolbar.
See also http://sourceforge.net/p/notepad-plus/discussion/331753/thread/cc2f7214/
Go to the menu Settings -> Preferences, click on MISC. and there are a few options under "File Status Auto-Detection"
Settings -> Preferences
Thanks for the replies - I found turning off the dialog box from preferences useful as described above. However, thinking about it, all that is needed is for NP++ to update silently if and only if the file has not been changed. If it has been changed, NP++ should wait until it is about to be edited before asking what to do - thus avoiding distracting the user in another edit.
Finally, is the phrase "File Status Auto-detection" very meaningful? How about "Action when file is changed externally".