How to edit or modify a Notepad++ macro

  • orish

    orish - 2013-05-29

    Hi - I've seen discussions about where to find the macro file (shortcuts.xml) in various locations - at least in Windows.

    But I still can't figure out how to modify a macro that I've recorded. I made a number of finds & replaces, but then I need to modify what needs to be replaced. (It was a long session of dozens of replaces, so I'm not sure I can go through it all over again, and possibly make other mistakes!)

    All I see in the shortcuts.xml file are lines like:

        <Action type="3" message="1625" wParam="0" lParam="1" sParam="" />
        <Action type="3" message="1702" wParam="0" lParam="768" sParam="" />
        <Action type="3" message="1701" wParam="0" lParam="1" sParam="" />
        <Action type="3" message="1700" wParam="0" lParam="0" sParam="" />
        <Action type="3" message="1601" wParam="0" lParam="0" sParam="&lt;h1&gt;&lt;a*&gt;&lt;/a&gt;"

    So I presume there is some other file that stores the search strings for 1625, 1702, 1701, etc.

    Is there a simpler way to modify the search & replace macros, perhaps using a macro editor that can work with Notepad++ macros directly?

    Thanks in advance!

  • Tom Mahon

    Tom Mahon - 2013-06-11

    It takes several <Action ...=""> lines to make one command. "1700" is the start, "1601" specifies the search pattern, "1625" specifies the search type (extended in your case), "1702" specifies the search parameters (512 = search direction downwards, 256 = wrap search), then "1701" is the actual command (search in your case).
    You have to be careful to make your changes to a backup file because when you exit Notepad++ (to make the changes take effect) it will overlay shortcuts.xml with whatever its macro buffer will have, wiping out your changes. So after making your changes: exit, copy the backup file onto shortcuts.xml, then restart Notepad++.
    The list of codes for Notepad++ macros is at:
    Hope this helps.

  • T. Bug Reporter

    T. Bug Reporter - 2015-03-07

    The list of codes for Notepad++ macros is at: [unhelpful URL redacted]

    This information has apparently been moved; can anyone supply a current URL?


    THEVENOT Guy - 2015-03-11

    Hello orish, Tom Mahon and T Bug Reporter,

    Some infos about building a search/replacement macro, in the shortcuts.xml file :-)

    • Close any opened instance of Notepad++

    • Open the shortcuts.xml file, with an OTHER editor than N++ ( Notepad, Wordpad, Word...)

    • Inside the Macros section, the general form, of a search/replacement macro, should be :

    <Macro name="Search/Replacement Test" Ctrl="yes" Alt="no" Shift="no" Key="...">
        <Action type="3" message="1700" wParam="0" lParam="0" sParam="" />
        <Action type="3" message="1601" wParam="0" lParam="0" sParam="STRING TO SEARCH" />
        <Action type="3" message="1625" wParam="0" lParam="SEARCH MODE" sParam="" />
        <Action type="3" message="1602" wParam="0" lParam="0" sParam="REPLACEMENT STRING" />
        <Action type="3" message="1653" wParam="0" lParam="0" sParam="SEARCH PATH DIRECTORY" /> 
        <Action type="3" message="1652" wParam="0" lParam="0" sParam="FILE FILTERS" />
        <Action type="3" message="1702" wParam="0" lParam="OPTIONS NUMBER" sParam="" />
        <Action type="3" message="1701" wParam="0" lParam="COMMAND NUMBER" sParam="" />

    See the complete description of these different actions, on the N++ wiki, at the address :


    • The Path must always end with an antislash character (\)

    • The weight 512, of the options number, means, actually, "Search goes downwards" ( and NOT upwards )

    Remarks :

    • The Find All in Current Document action ( 1641) doesn't seem to work, as the Search Result dialog is empty ! Instead, you may use the Find All action ( 1636 ), which, of course, will perform the search, on all files currently opened !

    • If you use the Count action ( 1614 ), the Search/Replacement dialog must be previously opened to display the number of occurrences, at the bottom of the S/R windows.



    Last edit: THEVENOT Guy 2015-03-22
  • Timothy Suhr

    Timothy Suhr - 2015-04-02

    Were are the recorded macros stored? Does not appear to be in the shortcuts.xml

    Found it! C:\Users\<<UserID>>\AppData\Roaming\Notepad++\shortcuts.xml


    Last edit: Timothy Suhr 2015-04-02

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