Anyone who has ever worked with Microsoft’s Visual Studio, will know and love Intellisense. When writing source code the auto-completion feature does a good piece of work for you. Now the good news! If you are rather a fan of writing your code in a more lightweight editor like Notepad++, you don’t have to completely give up the autocomplete support.
Even Notepad++ comes with a auto-completion feature. It only needs to be activated. How to do that, is what I want to show you in the following.
Open the Options dialog from the menu and change to the tab “backup / autocomplete”. Now check both, the “Enable autocomplete” and “Show Function Parameters” option.
From now on Notpad++ should propose you the most common functions of the programming/scripting language while typing.
Certainly the feature can’t be compared with Microsoft’s Intellisense for real, but it nevertheless facilitates immensely the work. And Notepad++ is, contrary to the Visual Studio. even a lot of megabytes smaller and also free of charge. What I’m a little bit sad of, is that you have to activate the autocomplete in Notepad++ by hand. Sure, there are only 2-3 clicks until the feature is activated, but who isn’t a “notorious setting hustler” like me, comes usually not in such exquisite taste of gimmicks.
So now I want to know, if you knew this feature already? Or do you use even another editor?