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Using Notepad++ to remove accents

Today I share a tip to facilitate the replacement of accented characters using only Notepad++ and your HTML Tag Plugin.

Let’s do it!

First of all, we must have HTML Tag Plugin installed. If you already have it, jump to step 4.

  1. Open Notepad++ and look for Plugins in Main Menu.
    Notepad Plugins Menu Item
  1. If HTML Tag is absent, open Plugin Manager->Show Plugin Manager and find HTML Tag Plugin on the list.
    HTML Tag Plugin on Notepad++ Plugin Manager
  2. Select the desired Plugins and hit Install button. Notepadd++ will restart to complete the install.
    Now we can translate special characters to yours HTML entities. We need to do it first to remove accents from our text.
  3. Put your text on the window and make Select All with Ctrl + A or Edit -> Select All in Main Menu.
  4. Open Plugins->HTML Tag->Encode Entities in Main Menu or CTRL + E.
    Now, all special characters will be in html entities.
    Notepad++ With Special Characters Encoded in HTML
  5. Open the Replace Form (CTRL + H or Search->Replace) and fill the Find What field with
    &([a-zA-Z])(:?grave|acute|circ|uml|aring|cedil|slash|tilde); and Replace with field with $1
    Select Regular Expression in Search Mode and hit Replace All button.
    Notepad++ Replace Form
    The text will be replaced with no accents characters, but all other special chars will be in HTML entity.
    Notepad++ HTML replaced text
  6. Now we can return all other chars to your originals but is better to use your text in UTF-8 encoding. Go to Encoding Menu and change text encoding if is not Utf-8. You can return to another encoding after this step.
    To decode HTML use CTRL + Shift + E or Plugins->HTML Tag->Decode Entities.
    Notepad++ Final Text convertion

I Hope that help someone.