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Microsoft Notepad 1.01 was released in 1985 as part of Windows 1.01, here shown with an open text file and the program's about box

Notepad is a simple text editor for Microsoft Windows and a basic text-editing program which enables computer users to create documents. It was first released as a mouse-based MS-DOS program in 1983, and has been included in all versions of Microsoft Windows since Windows 1.0 in 1985.

History[edit]

Microsoft introduced Multi-Tool Notepad, a mouse-based text editor written by Richard Brodie, with the $195 Microsoft Mouse in May 1983 at the Spring COMDEX computer expo in Atlanta. Also introduced at that COMDEX was Multi-Tool Word, designed by Charles Simonyi to work with the mouse.[1][2][3] Most watching Simonyi's demonstration had never heard of a mouse.[4] Microsoft released the Microsoft Mouse in June 1983, and the boxed mouse and Multi-Tool Notepad began shipping in July.[5] Initial sales were modest, as there was little one could do with it except run the three demonstration programs included in the box (a tutorial, practice application and Notepad) or program interfaces to it.[6] The Multi-Tool product line began with expert systems for the Multiplan spreadsheet.[7][8] On the suggestion of Rowland Hanson, who also convinced Bill Gates to change the name "Interface Manager" to "Windows" before the release of Windows 1.0, the Multi-Tool name was killed by the time Word shipped in November 1983. Hanson's rationale was that "the brand is the hero". People didn't associate the stand-alone name Multi-Tool with Microsoft, and Hanson wanted to make Microsoft the hero, so the Microsoft name replaced "Multi-Tool".[4][6]

Features[edit]

Notepad is a common text-only (plain text) editor. The resulting files—typically saved with the .txt extension—have no format tags or styles, making the program suitable for editing system files to use in a DOS environment and, occasionally, source code for later compilation or execution, usually through a command prompt. It is also useful for its negligible use of system resources; making for quick load time and processing time, especially on under-powered hardware. Notepad supports both left-to-right and right-to-left based languages. Unlike WordPad, Notepad does not treat newlines in Unix- or classic Mac OS-style text files correctly. Notepad offers only the most basic text manipulation functions, such as finding text. Only newer versions of Windows include an updated version of Notepad with a search and replace function. However, it has much less functionality in comparison to full-scale editors.

In all versions of Windows, Notepad uses a built-in window class named EDIT and the maximum file size that Notepad can open is dependent on operating system limitations on the size of the EDIT window class, with the limit being different for each version of Windows. Due to the operating system limit of the EDIT window class, the Notepad version shipped with Windows 3.0, Windows 3.1 and Windows 3.11 could not open files larger than 54 KB (kilobytes) and Microsoft recommended not to open files larger than 45 KB, with the official workaround advice provided by Microsoft being "Use another text editor",[9] but this limit was extended to 64 KB in Windows 95 (and remained the same in Windows 98 and Windows Me). On the Notepad version shipped with Windows XP the limit was 32 MB (megabytes) with the application displaying the message "The file is too large for Notepad. Use another editor to edit the file" if the user attempted to open a file larger than 32 MB.[10] Newer versions of Notepad can open files at least up to 58 MB (megabytes) in size,[11] and on Windows 8.1 the Notepad application is able to open files at least as large as 512 MB (megabytes) but fails to open 1 GB (gigabyte) files displaying the same message that Windows XP users would see ("The file is too large for Notepad. Use another editor to edit the file").[12] However, on all 32-bit versions of Windows, there is a 2 GB (gigabytes) limit imposed on the maximum memory of all single-process 32-bit programs and thus on 32-bit machines no single-process text editor such as Notepad can open files larger than 2 gigabytes.

Up to Windows 95, Fixedsys was the only available display font for Notepad. Windows NT 4.0 and 98 introduced the ability to change this font. As of Windows 2000, the default font was changed to Lucida Console. The font setting, however, only affects how the text is shown to the user and how it is printed, not how the file is saved to disk. The default font was changed to Consolas on Windows 8.

Up to Windows Me, there were almost no keyboard shortcuts and no line-counting feature. Starting with Windows 2000, shortcuts for common tasks like new, open and save were added, as well as a status-bar with a line counter (available only when word-wrap is disabled).

In the Windows NT-based versions of Windows, Notepad can edit traditional 8-bit text files as well as Unicode text files (both UTF-8 and UTF-16, and in case of UTF-16, both little-endian and big-endian).

Notepad also has a simple built-in logging function. Each time a file that starts with .LOG is opened, the program inserts a text timestamp on the last line of the file.[13][14]

Notepad accepts text from the Windows clipboard. When clipboard data with multiple formats is pasted into Notepad, the program only accepts text in the CF_TEXT format.[15] This is useful for stripping embedded font type and style codes from formatted text, such as when copying text from a web page and pasting into an email message or other WYSIWYG text editor. Formatted text can be temporarily pasted into Notepad, and then immediately copied again in stripped format to paste into the other program.

Notepad can print files, but doesn't print correctly if Word Wrap is turned on. Headers, footers, and margins can be set and adjusted when preparing to print a file under Page Setup. The date, file name, and other information can be placed in the headers and footers with various codes consisting of an ampersand ('&') followed by a letter.

Unicode detections[edit]

The Windows NT version of Notepad, installed by default on Windows 2000 and Windows XP, has the ability to detect Unicode files even when they are missing a byte order mark. To do this, it utilizes a Windows API function called IsTextUnicode().[16] However, this function is imperfect, incorrectly identifying some all-lowercase ASCII text as UTF-16. As a result, Notepad interprets a file containing a phrase like "aaaa aaa aaa aaaaa" ("4-3-3-5") as two-byte-encoded Unicode text file and attempts to display it as such. If a font with support for Chinese is installed, nine Chinese characters (桴獩愠灰挠湡戠敲歡) display. Otherwise, it displays squares instead of Chinese characters.

Some people misinterpreted this issue for an Easter egg. Many phrases that fit the pattern (including "this app can break" and "bush hid the facts") appeared on the web as hoaxes. Windows expert Raymond Chen correctly attributed it to the Unicode detection algorithm.[17] This issue was resolved in Windows Vista and newer versions of Notepad.

Competing software[edit]

Notepad does not require a lock on the file it opens, so it can open files already opened by other processes, users, or computers, whereas WordPad cannot. Also, since Notepad lacks advanced formatting functionality, many people find its simple, minimalistic user interface (whose look has never changed since Windows 3.1 and whose menus were last altered in Windows XP, when "Format" and "View" replaced "Search") faster and easier to use for basic text operations. The MS-DOS Editor, especially as updated in Windows 95, where it became an MDI application, also provides many features never offered by Notepad.

There are many third-party replacements for Notepad with additional functionality, including both free software (e.g. Notepad++ and Notepad2) and freeware (e.g. TED Notepad).

Notepad lacks many features available in other text editors, basic features such as Unix-format newlines, block-select, and MDI, and it lacks full support for line wrapping.

Notepad being a basic text editor, advanced features are also missing: syntax coloring, code folding, regular expressions, macros, support of codepages and color schemes.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "COMDEX: Micros in American mainstream". InfoWorld. IDG. May 23, 1983. p. 1. ISSN 0199-6649. 
  2. ^ "Mouse and new WP program join Microsoft product lineup". InfoWorld. IDG. May 30, 1983. p. 10. ISSN 0199-6649. 
  3. ^ "Microsoft ad". InfoWorld. IDG. May 23, 1983. p. 85. ISSN 0199-6649. 
  4. ^ a b Wallace, James; Erickson, Jim (1992). Hard Drive. Wiley. pp. 238–244. ISBN 0-471-56886-4. 
  5. ^ "In Focus". InfoWorld. IDG. August 29, 1983. p. 31. ISSN 0199-6649. 
  6. ^ a b Manes, Stephen; et al. (Paul Andrews) (1993). Gates. Doubleday. ISBN 0-385-42075-7. 
  7. ^ "Microsoft ad". InfoWorld. IDG. April 25, 1983. p. 40. ISSN 0199-6649. 
  8. ^ "In designers' scenario, software undergoes behavior modification". InfoWorld. IDG. August 29, 1983. p. 34. ISSN 0199-6649. 
  9. ^ "Maximum File Size Limits for Notepad". Support. Microsoft. September 24, 2011. 
  10. ^ "What is file size limit for Notepad in Windows XP". Bytes. October 24, 2007. 
  11. ^ "Maximum size for notepad file". Code Project. August 4, 2012. 
  12. ^ Petri, Daniel (October 23, 2015). "Tip for Opening Large Text Files in Windows". Petri. 
  13. ^ "Features of LOG and Time/Date Command in Notepad". Support. Microsoft. July 19, 2005. Archived from the original on June 28, 2007. 
  14. ^ "How to Use Notepad to Create a Log File". Support. Microsoft. December 20, 2004. Archived from the original on April 6, 2005. 
  15. ^ ""The Clipboard". Retrieved September 29, 2009. 
  16. ^ "IsTextUnicode()". MSDN. Microsoft. Retrieved January 28, 2017. 
  17. ^ Chen, Raymond (April 17, 2007). "The Notepad file encoding problem, redux". MSDN. Microsoft. 

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Notepad++ - Free download and software reviews

Pros

It all works great the right size for what i need and edits all the languages.

Cons

I sure cant find any!

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Pros

Flexible, adaptive, works well with many different coding languages, good plugins, made with the user in mind.

For example: when Notepad++ updates and reinstalls all of your work space is saved.

Cons

None so far.

Summary

I use Notepad++ for R and Ruby code.

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Pros

Good syntax highlight, tabbed interface, unicode support.

Cons

I'd like to have more features in debugging and a more complex code correction.

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Pros

There's really nothing missing.

Cons

Perhaps some more languages could be added. Although a bunch of the most popular languages is set up for syntax highlighting. Even with this slight shortcoming there's a workaround, as one can make a user defined language.

Summary

Of course there's editor suite with documentation, contextual help, auto-complete, tool integration (compiler for programming, interpreter for scripting, etc.), etc. But removing everything else from those fancy packages and only keeping the editors, you'd be hard pressed to find something better than NPP (how I shorten this software name).

There's--some--auto-completion, browser launchers, an integrated FTP client and macro but I doubt this software make a claim to be more than a simple editor, which it does really well.

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Pros

It has many features; it is a tabbed program, user friendly, supports many programming languages. AND IT IS FREE. (As in "free speech" and also "free beer")

Cons

Really can't think of any.

Summary

Great for people new to programming and more advanced users. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a good, free text editor.

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Pros

Tabbed files for easy navigation between multiple files. Great basic text and html editor.

Cons

It would be nice if it handled larger files better. The program can bog down for me sometimes.

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Pros

I make my living with it. It does everything I want it to do - from coding html, php, javascript, auto-syncing with the server, search and replace through multiple files (very fast), countless plugins, easily customizable... I can't say enough. Loads quick, very very rarely crashes. Take the time, learn it's ins and outs. Customize it for you. Consider using it with Texter (auto complete 3rd party tool) for the ultimate coding platform.

Cons

Would like a slightly more advanced FTP plugin. The NPPFTP plugin is good, but would love to have a bulk file upload option.

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Offers all the needed options for coder or writer

Cons

Somewhat of a learning curve, but worth the time spent to learn how to use it!

Summary

Few peers!

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How To Replace Notepad with Notepad++ In Windows 10

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This tutorial explains how to replace Notepad with Notepad++ in Windows 10.

Windows 10 has a lot of new features like the modern clock, Cortana, Microsoft Edge, etc., and many applications are also renovated. However, Notepad remains the same and no new features or changes have been made to it. So if, for some reason, you want to replace Notepad with some more powerful application, like Notepad++, then this tutorial will help you to do this task.

I have covered multiple ways in this tutorial to completely replace Windows 10 Notepad with Notepad++. Whenever you will launch Notepad, instead of opening Notepad, Notepad++ will launch. You can also restore the changes to use Notepad whenever you want.

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Using Notepad++ Plugin:

This is one of the safest methods to replace Notepad with Notepad++ completely in Windows 10. There is a handy Notepad++ plugin, named “NotepadStarterPlugin“, which lets you easily replace Notepad with Notepad++. You can install this plugin and restart Notepad++ to apply the changes.

Afer this, whenever you will open Notepad, Notepad++ will open. This plugin also works with previous versions of Windows. You can read this tutorial to get step by step instructions to use this plugin.

Using a Batch File:

Step 1: Use this link and download “Notepad++replace.bat” file.

Step 2: Execute that bat file as administrator and done. It will add a new value to Notepad’s registry.

Now try to open Notepad and you will notice that Notepad++ has opened instead of Notepad.

Step 3: To revert the changes, you need to delete the value added in Notepad registry. For this, access notepad.exe folder in Registry Editor. The default location is: “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\notepad.exe“. In that folder, you will find a Debugger value.

Delete that value and you will be able to access Notepad again.

Create a CMD File To Replace Notepad with Notepad++:

The above method can also be done manually by creating a *.cmd file and using the other steps:

Step 1: Open Notepad or some other text editor to create a cmd file. You need to use two lines, mentioned below, to create that file.

@echo offstart "" "C:\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++\notepad++.exe" %2 %3 %4 %5 %6

Step 2: When you have entered those two lines, save the file as “npplauncher.cmd”. After this, copy that file and paste it in the installation location of Notepad++ (C:\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++). It will replace original npplauncher.cmd file.

Step 3: Now access notepad.exe folder/key in Registry Editor available under Image File Execution Options (see the step 3 of above method). If notepad.exe key doesn’t exist, you need to create it.

Step 4: Add a string in notepad.exe key with the name “Debugger“. Double-click that string to add Value data. The Value data must be “C:\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++\npplauncher.cmd“.

Add Value data and press OK to save the changes.

Now try to open Notepad and you will see that Notepad++ is opening. When you want to use Notepad again, simply delete Debugger string.

I have used all the above methods and didn’t find any trouble after replacing Notepad with Notepad++. You can use any method that suits you the most.

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Notepad++ for Windows 7 - Complete source code editor

Complete source code editor and Notepad replacement

Notepad++ is a free (as in "free speech" and also as in "free beer") source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. Running in the MS Windows environment, its use is governed by GPL Licence.

Based on a powerful editing component Scintilla, Notepad++ is written in C++ and uses pure Win32 API and STL which ensures a higher execution speed and smaller program size.

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Notepad++ is a free (as in "free speech" and also as in "free beer") source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. Running in the MS Windows environment, its use is governed by GPL Licence.

Based on a powerful editing component Scintilla, Notepad++ is written in C++ and uses pure Win32 API and STL which ensures a higher execution speed and smaller program size. By optimizing as many routines as possible without losing user friendlyness, Notepad++ is trying to reduce the world carbon dioxide emissions. When using less CPU power, the PC can throttle down and reduce power consumption, resulting in a greener environment.

This project is mature. However, there may be still some bugs and missing features that are being worked on. If you have any questions or suggestions about this project, please post them in the forums. Also, if you wish to make a feature request, you can post it there as well. But there's no guarantee that I'll implement your request.

You're encouraged to translate Notepad++ into your native tongue if there's not already a translation present in the Download Section. And if you want, help translating Notepad++ official site into your native tongue would be greatly appreciated.

Features:

Syntax Highlighting and Syntax FoldingUser Defined Syntax Highlighting and Folding: screenshot 1, screenshot 2, screenshot 3 and screenshot 4PCRE (Perl Compatible Regular Expression) Search/ReplaceGUI entirely customizable: minimalist, tab with close button, multi-line tab, vertical tab and vertical document listDocument MapAuto-completion: Word completion, Function completion and Function parameters hintMulti-Document (Tab interface)Multi-ViewWYSIWYG (Printing)Zoom in and zoom outMulti-Language environment supportedBookmarkMacro recording and playbackLaunch with different arguments

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Powerful Notepad Alternatives for Windows

Most people are aware of the Notepad text editor in Windows. For taking quick notes, it’s functional, though you can do more with it than just that. We previously covered how to create realistic error messages, for instance.

Development of Notepad has mostly stagnated. There haven’t been any appreciable changes since Windows 2000, if not earlier, and it can still stop a system from shutting down until you choose whether to save a file or not.

Unsurprisingly, alternatives exist, and we’ll show you some of the best.

Why replace Notepad?

This is a good question to begin with, and the answer is for the average user, Notepad does everything it needs to with its short list of features. However, if you’re reading this article we’re not going to assume you’re an average user. Chances are you want to be able to do more or know more.

Limitations to Notepad can be quite niche, but they are there and can cause problems if you run into them. It is possible for Notepad to corrupt files containing foreign characters if you absent-mindedly save them. Notepad will convert the character sets to ANSI or UTF-8, which not all files play nicely with.

If there are two things you can expect to find with direct replacements for Notepad, they’re tabular displays and line counters. Both are beneficial for developers, but of the two, tabs are likely to be of more interest to downloaders intending to write within them. Tabs need little explanation, having become indispensable with web browsers.

Line counters, on the other hand, may need a little more explanation. For coding, word wrap is not a desirable feature, as it can break lines or make it harder to view them as intended. Hence, lines can run for considerable length, and identifying them becomes much easier when they’re clearly displayed.

1. Notepad++

If one name in this realm is widely known, it’s Notepad++. Since its release in 2003, it has become the most commonly accepted alternative.

The original development purpose was (as with the other entries on this list) mostly to handle coding and development – but that’s not to say it can’t handle text, too.

Notepad++ is free, and to give you an idea of how ardent its fans are, there’s a wiki for it.

Since v3.1, it is also extensible, meaning you can enhance its default features as well. Depending on what you intend to use it for, you can add FTP support, a spellchecker or a basic game of Tetris.

Notepad++ support for “Themes” is worthy of note as well. Your mental image of Notepad is a white background with black text, but this doesn’t have to be the case. The themes included as standard are quite nice, ranging from softer contrasts to the “black screen with green text” you’ve seen in the “hacking” scenes in most films.

If you’d like to try Notepad++ without going to the bother of installing it, the developer’s website provides a choice of either .zip or .7z portable versions that can be run from a memory stick.

2. Notepad2

Notepad2‘s name makes very clear its goal of being like the existing Notepad. Even the icons are remarkably similar when they are compared. At the time of writing, Notepad2 was last updated in 2012, though it is feature-complete. The developer’s website also makes it possible to download a portable version, should you wish to try the program without going through an installation procedure.

The UI is pleasingly bright and straightforward. Right-clicking the toolbars makes it possible to tweak the program further, allowing you to bend it to your needs.

This simplicity extends itself to Notepad2’s handling of settings: rather than giving you a pop-up window containing the choices available to you, they appear within the drop-down menus. Of course, you do not have to use the drop-down menus, as Notepad2 provides shortcuts for just about everything.

One feature we found particularly interesting was transparency. You can make the Notepad2 window transparent and layer it over something else to see both. Why this is a feature we’re not sure: it likely was added when Windows 7 was Microsoft’s key product, with its Aero interface.

If there’s one limitation to Notepad2 it’s the lack of tabbed browsing. While undeniably closer to Notepad’s design, we feel the tabular browsing is something many users will come to rely on.

3. Editpad Lite

Something of a dark horse compared to Notepad2 and Notepad++, Editpad Lite is another option which does many of the same tasks equally as well. It holds a special significance for me, being one of the first programs I remember installing.

Tabbed access to multiple files is an ever-present feature, though we think Editpad Lite has the simplest interface, particularly with the “Search” bars on the bottom disabled. It looks a little dated compared to newer programs, but so does Notepad. The simple interface could prove ideal if your only intention is to write. It’s still a robust code editor but isn’t quite as obvious about it. As a neat touch it even includes an “Office 2003” view, as shown above.

Should you want a portable version of Editpad Lite, the installer allows you to create one. Not many programs come with this type of option, and it is an interesting inclusion given most portable versions are mentioned alongside the regular download.

Conclusion

There you have it: three of the most popular alternatives to Notepad, all of which can massively extend the simple text editor’s list of features. Whether you’re planning to write code or write text, any of these three should stand you in good stead. Given how long Notepad has been relevant for, it’s entirely possible you could pick an alternative and simply never have to deviate from it again. If you’re looking to tweak the software, Notepad++ has by far the most flexibility – provided you can find where to change many of the settings, for it is the most complex of the three as well.

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Top 20 Best Free Notepad++ Alternatives for Windows

Alternatives to Notepad ++ Text Editor – Learn what is the best alternative to Notepad++ for Windows? Top 20 best free Notepad++ alternatives for Windows PC

One of the best text editors which you can use on your Windows operating system is Notepad ++. Basically, Notepad++ is a free source code editor for use with Microsoft Windows operating system and a perfect Notepad text editor replacement that supports multiple programming languages. Notepad++ is written in C++ and uses pure Win32 API and STL which ensures a higher execution speed and smaller program size.

Notepad ++ comes with many additional and advanced features as compared to the stock Notepad Text Editor which comes preinstalled in Windows. You get many editing features along with tabbed view, syntax highlighting, opening big files easily in Notepad ++ which you won’t get in Notepad app. These features make Notepad ++ one step ahead from Notepad, but if you are not happy with Notepad ++ and are looking for Notepad++ alternatives you are at the right place.

In today’s alternative software guide, we are going to share top 20 best free Notepad++ alternatives for Windows operating system. You can check the features offered by these Notepad++ alternatives and use the one which you like the most.

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Top 20 Best Notepad++ Alternatives for Windows

Addition to all the basic features like Tabbed document interface, Drag-and-drop, Multiple clipboards, Split screen editing and synchronized scrolling, Spell checker, Supports text encoding formats, Find and replace, Data comparison, and Zooming etc, the Notepad++ text editor is also well distinguished for some amazing source code editing features such as Multiple programming languages support, Syntax highlighting and syntax folding, User-defined syntax highlighting and folding, PCRE search/replace, GUI entirely customizable, Document Map, Auto-completion, WYSIWYG (Printing), Bookmark, Macro recording and playback, Launch with different arguments, and many more features.

So, if you are looking for a powerful alternative to Notepad ++ which have all these helpful features then below-given list of top 20 best free Notepad++ alternatives for Windows computers is going to help you a lot. Let’s have a look at these best Notepad ++ replacements and take benefits of alternative to notepad ++ free download:

(1) VIM Editor

VIM Editor is one of the best Notepad++ alternatives for Windows. The software is available for free and you will get all the features which you would like to have in a text editor. You can use different commands to initiate operations like open, new close etc. in VIM editor. If you want to use VIM editor for programming you can use the syntax highlighter which supports multiple programming languages.

Developed by Adobe Systems, Brackets is the next notepad alternatives which make to our list. The interface of this software is bit different as compared to other text editors. Using Brackets, you can open multiple files. All the multiple files which you will open using Brackets are present on the left sidebar.

Gedit is quite similar to stock text editor of Windows i.e. Notepad. The interface of app is quite similar to Notepad app but you get many additional features in Gedit which you won’t get in Notepad. This notepad alternative comes with full UTF-8 support along with syntax highlighting, tabbed view, auto spell checker and many other.

If you are looking for a feature-rich alternative to Notepad ++ then you can try Geany. Geany is organized so that it is easier for one to use and the user-friendly interface makes it even better. Some of the notable features of Geany are Go to line, inserting header files, comments and line wrapping.

PSPad is a free Notepad++ alternatives for Windows. You might find this software a bit clumsy as when you will open it for the first time you will be greeted with a lot of options. PSPad comes with project creation system which will help you if you want to open multiple files and work with them.

Atom text editor comes with many good features which make it a good alternative to Notepad ++. The software is available for free for windows operating system. Some of the features which you get with this software are pane splitting, focusing on the particular pane and many others. One important feature which is not available in Atom is syntax highlighting.

If you are a web developer and want to use the best Notepad++ alternatives for Windows then we suggest you go with Sublime Text. Sublime Text is a cross-platform text editor which you can use on Windows, Linux, and Mac operating systems. There are many premium features in this software such as distraction free mode, split editing, instant project switch, plugin API among many others. You can also visit the forum section of the software where you will find many tutorials to get the best out of Sublime Text.

If you are looking for a light-weight alternative to Notepad ++ which consumes very fewer resources then you need to try EditPad Lite. This software is one of the best Notepad++ alternatives for Windows. There is one amazing feature of this software and that is if you have opened multiple files, you can save all of them in one go using the Save All option.

Medit comes with simple user interface but a lot of amazing features. You might not like the design of this best Notepad ++ replacement but there are a lot of amazing features offered by it. Using Medit, you will be able to wrap text, move to split documents, focus them and use the split view. There are many shortcuts which can be used if you want to move in between tabs.

Caditor is written in .Net framework and comes with all the features which you get in Notepad ++. The interface of the text editor is amazing and it is very easy to use it. If you are a beginner you will be able to use this text editor in no time. You can use Caditor for free as it is open-source software.

JEdit is ideal for developers who use text editors for development purposes. There are a lot of development tools in this software which you can use for free. JEdit, best Notepad ++ replacement is available both for Mac and Windows operating systems.

If you want to use a portable text editor on your Windows computer, then you can use Notepad 2. The features which you will get in Notepad 2 are in between Notepad and Notepad ++ text editor. Using this software is extremely easy as you just have to start notepad ++ free download, unzip the file and start using it.

Metapad is another best free Notepad ++ alternatives for windows. You will get all the functions which are present in Notepad ++ in Metapad. It is very easy to use Metapad and you can use the Help section if you are not able to use a particular function.

ConTEXT is another feature rich best notepad ++ replacement. The text editor can be used for programming purposes as it comes with syntax highlighter for all the languages. You can also edit the codes and run them if you are having the emulators installed on your computer using ConTEXT.

You can use Crimson Editor as a replacement of Notepad ++. The text editor has all the programming functions which can be used for development and editing purposes of code. The software can be downloaded for free for Windows operating system. The FTP support will allow you to directly upload the scripts, code on the online server.

When you will use SciTE for the first time you might not like it as the interface of the text editor is old school. However, there are many cool features available in the software which make it a good alternative to Notepad ++. You can visit the official website of SciTE to free download notepad ++ text editor.

As the name suggest, the text editor is ideal for programmers. Programmer’s Notepad is a multi-language editor which you can use on Windows operating system for free. Using this text editor you will be able to write the code and edit it the way you want to. Programmer’s Notepad ++ free download is available on the official website.

If you want to edit plain files then we suggest you go with TextPad. The latest version of Textpad comes with amazing power user features. The software is available free for Windows operating system. You can develop code for a new application in no time using Textpad. The software is based on IDE which makes it the best free Notepad ++ alternatives for windows.

If you are still looking for a Notepad++ alternative then you can use Bluefish. This is the last alternative to Notepad++ which makes to our list. The text editor is developed by keeping in mind the needs of web developers and programmers. There are many markup and programming languages which are compatible with Bluefish. You can download the software for free and use it on Windows, Linux, Mac operating systems.

Kate is also very popular and multi-document editor which is based on a rewritten version of the kwrite editing widget of KDE. It offers almost all the features of KDE application and a bunch of its own. The support for multiple languages and syntax highlighting are some of its well-known specialty. Currently, the Kate text editor is compatible with the only few versions of Windows such as Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 operating system.

Conclusion

If you are not happy with the interface of Notepad ++ text editor then the Notepad++ alternatives which we have shared above will do the job for you. Most of these open source text editors are very easy to use and come with all the required source code editing features.

Let us know using the comments section below – Which best free text editor are you now using as the alternative to Notepad ++? and, According to you – which are the best free Notepad++ alternatives for Windows computers?

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notepad (windows) - The Full Wiki

Notepad is a simple text editor included in all versions of Microsoft Windows since Windows 1.0 in 1985.

Overview

Notepad is a common text-only (plain text) editor. The resulting files – typically saved with the .txt extension – have no format tags or styles, making the program suitable for editing system files that are to be used in a DOS environment.

One notable feature of Notepad is that it does not support formatting of any kind - if text/rich text is copied from a web page and pasted into a word processor, the formatting and embedded metadata comes along with the text, and can be difficult to remove. However, if text is copied from a formatted web site, pasted into Notepad, then copied again from Notepad before being pasted into a destination program, Notepad will have stripped all of the formatting. An alternative of this use is, however, provided in many word processors through the possibility to paste unformatted text, which may be easier to use with a little initial effort.[1]

As an interesting aside, Notepad does support both left-to-right and right-to-left based languages, and one can alternate between these viewing formats by using the right or left Ctrl+Shift keys to go to right-to-left format or left-to-right format, respectively.

Notepad can edit files of almost any format; however, it does not treat Unix- or Mac-style text files correctly (see newline). Wordpad however does.

Early versions of Notepad offered only the most basic functions, such as finding text. Newer versions of Windows include an updated version of Notepad with a search and replace function (Ctrl + H), as well as Ctrl + F for search and similar keyboard shortcuts. In older versions such as those included with Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me and Windows 3.1, there is a 64k limit on the size of the file being edited, an operating system limit of the EDIT class.

Up to Windows 95, Fixedsys was the only available font for Notepad. Windows NT 4.0 and 98 introduced the ability to change this font. In Windows 2000 and XP the default font was changed to Lucida Console.

Up to Windows Me, there were almost no keyboard shortcuts and no line-counting feature. Starting with Windows 2000, shortcuts for common tasks like new, open and save were added, as well as a status-bar with a line counter (available only when word-wrap is disabled).

In the Windows NT-based versions of Windows, Notepad can edit traditional 8-bit text files as well as Unicode text files (both UTF-8 and UTF-16, and in case of UTF-16, both little-endian and big-endian; see Endianness.)

Notepad makes use of a built-in window class named "EDIT".

Notepad also has a built-in simple logging function, which simply inserts a new timestamp each time the file is opened. To activate this feature, the first line of the text file must be “.LOG”, without the quotes.[2][3]

Notepad may be used as a text-based HTML editor for its pure simplicity and more control over WYSIWYG editors. However, because it lacks many features, such as syntax highlighting, web developers may favor more specialized editors for this purpose (see List of text editors).

Unicode detection

The Windows NT version of Notepad, installed by default on Windows 2000 and Windows XP, has the ability to detect Unicode files even when they are missing a byte order mark. To do this, it utilizes a Windows API function called IsTextUnicode()[4][5]. However, this function is imperfect, incorrectly identifying some all-lowercase ASCII text as UTF-16. As a result, Notepad interprets a file containing a phrase like "aaaa aaa aaa aaaaa" as two-byte Unicode text file and attempts to display it as such. If a font with support for Chinese is installed, Chinese characters are displayed.

A few people misinterpreted this issue for an easter egg.[citation needed] Many phrases which fit the pattern (including "this app can break" and "bush hid the facts") appeared on the web as hoaxes. Experts correctly attributed it to the Unicode detection algorithm.[citation needed]

This issue has been resolved in Windows Vista version of Notepad.

Competing software

Notepad does not require a lock on the file it opens, so it can open files already opened by other processes, users or computers, whereas WordPad cannot. Also, since Notepad lacks advanced formatting functionality, many people find its simple interface faster and easier to use for basic text operations. The DOS EDIT text editor, especially as updated in Windows 95, where it became an MDI application, also provides many features never offered by Notepad.

There are many third-party replacements for Notepad with additional functionality, including both free software (e.g. Notepad++ and Notepad2) and freeware (e.g. TED Notepad).

Notepad lacks many features available in other text editors, such as regular expressions, macros, block-select, and MDI.

See also

References

External links

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