Compare SQL code files with Notepad++ (Compare plugin – free)

I know that VS2010 has a very nice compare function, but for anyone who doesn’t have VS2010 installed:

Notepad++ (the famous Notepad 2.0 application and free to download) has a free plugin called ‘Compare’ which enables you to easily compare all sorts of text-based files. For example SQL, XML, anything you’re able to open with NotePad++!

How does is look like?

Notepad-plus-compare-plugin

How to get it and install it?

#1 Download NotePad++:
http://notepad-plus-plus.org/download/v6.3.3.html

#2 Download the NotePad++ Compare plugin:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/npp-compare/

#3 Unzip the plugin’s DLL-file (ComparePlugin.dll) and copy it to:
[NotePad++ install folder]\plugins

#4 Start NotePad++ and verify that the Compare plugin is enabled under:
Plugins -> Compare

#5 Open two files, like shown here:

Notepad-plus-compare-plugin-how-to

#6 Start comparing!:
Go to Plugins -> Compare -> Compare (or use Alt+D)

Notepad-plus-compare-plugin


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