"File not found" when trying to save a new file
I updated to v7.6.6 and when I try to save a new file it tells me file not found, which is the point because it’s a new file. Also upon updated all of my plugins disappeared.
Steps: Click new document, type something, try to save.
I’m on Windows 10.
welcome to the notepad++ community, @SuperVillainPresident
for the file save glitch:
please go to
settings > preferences > default directoryand check that
use new style dialogis enabled.
for the plugins:
yes, the plugin folder structure has changed since version 7.5.9.
all plugins have to have their own sub-folder now, instead of all dlls being located at the plugins folder.
your plugins are still there, but you need to migrate them, by creating a sub-folder for each.
(alternatively re-download your plugins using the built in
plugins adminlocated at the
please go to
plugins > open plugins folder...
create a folder with the same name of the plugin, but without the .dll name, for each of your old plugins.
HexEditor.dllthe new folder should be called
then copy your plugin .dll into this folder.
after a notepad++ restart, your old plugin should be visible again.
Concerning the file not found issue I assume we need more information about what exactly you do, which plugins are installed (see debug-info from ? menu) in order to find out why this it not working for you.
Regarding the plugins, since 7.6 the directory layout has changed. Each plugin must now be within it own directory. Check if your plugins are installable via the new plugins admin.
@Ekopalypse Here is the debug information.
Notepad++ v7.6.6 (32-bit)
Build time : Apr 3 2019 - 23:49:50
Path : C:\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++\notepad++.exe
Admin mode : OFF
Local Conf mode : OFF
OS : Windows 10 (64-bit)
Plugins : ComparePlugin.dll DSpellCheck.dll JSLintNpp.dll JSMinNPP.dll mimeTools.dll NppConverter.dll NppExport.dll NPPJSONViewer.dll XMLTools.dll
@Meta-Chuh enabling “use new style dialog” didn’t fix the file not found issue.
what happens if you open up a completely new tab, and copy-paste the content of the “file not found” tab there ?
can you save a completely new created tab without an alert window saying “file not found” ?
thank you for the info.
Could you describe what exactly you do (step by step) to create the file not found issue?
- Open blank document
- write some text
- click the save icon
- Click save, then it would give the message
Strange thing is I tried those exact steps just now and it saved it without issue. I reopened the files and the text was there. Initially I tried creating an empty text file, so that the file did exist, and it would let me save, but the text didn’t get saved. I haven’t done anything since yesterday. I put my computer to sleep and woke it back up and it’s saving now. I appreciate your help.
I tried creating an empty text file
How exactly did you do that? Empty files are not saveable. Of course if you type a single character into an empty file and then backspace it away, it is then saveable…
sorry, seems that I wasn’t clear, I expected something like
- started npp as administrator
- I press CTRL+N to create a new document
- typing “hello world”
- pressing CTRL+S to save the document
or what ever you did, in order to find out whether those steps create the same issue
on other installations. I mean, it can be safely assumed that such a basic actions
does work, in general, and if it doesn’t work then there is this need to have the exact
and as detailed as possible description, to get a chance to find out what might have
So, in case anyone is having a similar issue, it was a Windows Defender problem. I guess it was in the last update that there is a Folder Access permission that was set to on. You can either turn it off or set notepad++ to be allowed access. Here is the link that fixed it for me: