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How to set the default language in Notepad++

How to set the default language in Notepad++

I mostly use Notepad++ for dealing with XML files. It would be good if Notepad++ parsed and colorized my files based on the XML language when I open the files. Instead, I have to open the file, pick XML from the Languages menu.

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Guest [Entry]

"In Notepad++ open the Preferences dialog box by clicking on Settings -> Preferences click on the New Document/Default Directory tab and change the Default Language to XML.

EDIT: Just saw that you wanted it to apply to .config files as well. This can be done but you'll need to do it for every extension you want to override. Click on Settings -> Style Configurator scroll down to XML in the language section and add config to the User ext box. Save & Close and any new .config file opened will show up as XML. In fact, I've already done that for my installation as seen below:"
Guest [Entry]

"Go to Settings > Styler Configurator. Choose XML from the left-hand scroll list. In the bottom of that dialog, there should be two boxes - one for default extensions and one for 'user extensions'. Add your .config to the 'user extensions' box and click 'Save and Close'.

NOTE: The 'user extensions' might not be available for all language choices (I KNOW it is available for C, since that's the syntax highlighting I use at work). So, if it is not available, you'll have to create your own language file."
Guest [Entry]

Settings > Styler Configurator > Choose XML - Add you Extension under + [ User Extensions ] - Save and close. Worked for me for .csproj