How to Restore Deleted/Crashed Notepad ++ Files (from Backups)

Don’t worry if the Notepad ++ program deletes your document or files. Does the Notepad ++ suddenly crashed and you lost some useful files? Relax! This tutorial article will show you how to restore lost or crashed Notepad ++files with effective methods effectively. Follow to see how to regain your lost Notepad ++ files on your own now.

Tracy King Updated on Dec 29, 2018 to File Recovery | How-to Articles

Notepad ++ deleted a recent file and even crashed, help!

"Help! Does anyone know how to restore lost Notepad ++ files deleted by the program itself? This morning, I was trying to use Notepad to edit a text document, when I opened it, the program deleted the file. I tried to open another one, and the other file got deleted again. 
The Notepad ++ freeze the screen for a while, and then it crashed. I tried to find the lost Notepad ++ files in the Recycle Bin, but nothing was found. Do you know how to fix Notepad ++ crash and file lost issue on Windows 10, 8 or 7 PC? I’m using Windows 10 64 bit, and please help me restore the lost files if you know a way to help. Thanks."

Notepad ++, which works as a powerful editor, allows ordinary users to edit files with diverse file extensions like .txt, .asp, .hpp, .css, .php, .xml, .html, etc. Due to its powerful compatibility, many users choose Notepad ++ as their favorite document editor. But when the Notepad ++ crashes or deletes your files, what will you do? Don’t worry if the Notepad ++ crashes or deletes your files on Windows PC. This page has gathered some useful tips for you to follow and restore lost Notepad ++ files and fix crashed Notepad ++ program with ease now. 

Fix crashed/corrupted Notepad ++

If the Notepad ++ program suddenly crashes or stuck on a freezing screen, you can try the tips below to fix the crashed Notepad ++ programs now:

  1. 1. Stop or end the task of running Notepad ++ in Task Manager.
  2. 2. Restart Notepad ++ to see if it can boots up or not.
  3. 3. If it works again, then you can continue using the Notepad ++ to edit your files.
  4. If it doesn’t work, try to update the program. 
  5. 4. If it doesn’t work to update Notepad ++, the last and most effective way to fix this problem is to reinstall Notepad ++. 
Tip
If you’ve decided to reinstall the Notepad ++ program, please do remember to copy the backup files in Notepad backup folder in advance. You can follow this path to find the Notepad ++ backup folder (which contains your lost files): AppData\Roaming\Notepad++\backup or User/AppData/Roaming/Notepad++/backup. After this, your Notepad ++ program should be able to run and work for you again on Windows PC.

A quick way to restore lost Notepad ++ files (without backups)

When the Notepad ++ program deletes or removed your .txt files or other documents by accident or you lose useful Notepad ++ files, there is a quick way for restoring the lost files on Windows PC.

Usually, Notepad will create a backup of the current file which is under editing on your computer. And when you lose the file, you can find it back from the backup folder. But if you didn’t see a backup file on your PC or if you need a more efficient way to get the file back, professional file recovery freeware - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Edition will help. 

It allows you to full scan the device where you save the Notepad ++ program, and find all lost or deleted files for you within three simple steps: 

1. Run the Notepad ++ file recovery program > 2. Scan and find lost Notepad ++ files > 3. Preview and restore.

Restore lost Notepad ++ files in 3 simple steps.

Restore lost Notepad ++ files from backups

If you’re 100% for sure that Notepad ++ has created a backup of your lost or deleted files, you can directly find the backups on your PC by referring to the path to find the backups:
User/AppData/Roaming/Notepad++/backup 
Or C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Roaming\Notepad++\backup

If the Notepad ++ backup folder is not there, please follow the guidelines below to restore lost Notepad ++ files from backups: 

Step 1. Find Notepad ++ backup location on PC
1. Open a new Notepad ++ file, click on Settings > Preference.

Restore lost Notepad ++ files.

2. Click Backup on the Preference window, and find the Notepad ++ backup location on your PC in the Backup path. 

Find backup path of lost Notepad ++ files.

Note: Do remember to check Remember current session for next launch so as to prevent Notepad ++ files from losing again. 
You can also enable session snapshot and periodic backup - Backup in every 7 or 5 seconds. 

Step 2. Find Notepad ++ backups for lost files

1. Copy the backup path of your Notepad: C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Roaming\Notepad++\backup (usually).
And paste it into your Windows Explorer, click Enter to find the exact backup folder of your Notepad ++.

Locate Notepad ++ backup folder on your PC.

2. You will be able to see all Notepad backups listed there, and you can click Date modified to choose the most recent notepad file that you've lost, right-click on it and choose to open with Notepad.

Find lost Notepad ++ files in backup folder.

Step 3. Save and restore lost Notepad ++ files 

1. Now you should be able to view the lost Notepad ++ files.
2. Click Save As or Rename to save your lost or unsaved Notepad++files to a safe location. 

Restore lost Notepad ++ from backups.

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