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This is a custom developed Notepad++ theme that I used for many years while writing HTML, PHP, and CSS. This is mostly used for web development languages, so the other languages haven’t been overly tested. For anyone who doesn’t know, Notepad++ is a syntax highlighted text editor, comparable in functionality to the larger web development IDE’s minus all of the unnecessary overhead.

One of the cool perks about this theme is that when editing a PHP document, the blocks of HTML will have a different background color than the blocks of PHP so that you can quickly tell which mode you are editing. The rest of the changes include setting the default font to “Consolas” (included with Microsoft Office, Vista, and Windows 7), keeping one font size and family throughout the entire editor, and changing the colors to higher contrasting ones.



Download RenownedNotepad.xml theme file (Right click, Save as).


First, launch Notepad++

Open Notepad++

Then go to Import, then Import style theme(s)…

Settings > Import > Import Style Configuration

From there you’ll want to navigate to the RenownedNotepad.xml file and double click it (though you might not have extensions enabled).

Select the RenownedNotepad.xml file

The file has now been copied into a themes directory for Notepad++. However, it is not yet enabled. To enable it, go to SettingsStyle Configurator…

Settings > Style Configurator

Once on this screen, use the Select theme dropdown to select RenownedNotepad, then click Save & Close.

Select RenownedNotepad from dropdown

You’re the proud new owner of some Notepad++ eye candy!

Enjoy your New Theme!

This theme is originally based off of the Obsidian theme that comes packaged with Notepad++.

Thomas Hunter II

Thomas is the author of Advanced Microservices and a prolific public speaker with a passion for reducing complex problems into simple language and diagrams. His career includes working at Fortune 50's in the Midwest, co-founding a successful startup, and everything in between.
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  • Thanks for this. I was looking for a new theme to go on my new computer. The default white background isn’t conducive to how I code. :D

    • We’re glad you like it! It’s installed on all of our development machines.

  • hex

    Thank you very much, your theme is much appreciated.

  • Great, a nice clear theme, really like it

  • Manuel

    mine looks nicer :P
    and i really need to know how to style the other things like NppFTP.

  • Ryan Archer

    Thanks for the theme! Greatly appreciated.

  • Hi Thomas,

    Thanks for the theme. I love it, but I am also using another text editor and I wanted to use the colors in this theme. Is there a simple way to convert this and create a version for Aptana Studio 3?


    • You could open the theme file using a text editor (it’s only XML), and copy the HEX values for the colors. Then, in your IDE, you could paste those same values into a different theme. My theme is dark and pretty close to something like sunburst, you could use that as a base.

  • Nice theme, it would be so much better if the NP++ Team allowed themes on the UI (toolbars and stuff).

    • Scrollbars in Windows used to be themeable when they were simple opaque bitmaps, but now that they’re alpha blended and pretty, it is probably too difficult.

  • Nice theme. I would like to use it, but you do not mention how to install it or how to get it working in Notepad++. Help?

    • actually, I see the instructions (which I had already figured out) but it seems not to work for me. I do not see the new theme listed anywhere.

      Installation: Copy this file to C:\Documents and Settings\\Application Data\Notepad++\stylers.xml. Optionally backup old one first.

  • Thanks… I use it for my notepad++ now…

  • Pradeep

    How to set color for keywords in xml??
    Can we set a particular string/Keyword a color ??