Freeware Notepad Replacements
Notepad is one of the few tools that have always been a part of Windows, but in the process of updating and improving the OS, were left behind and have not evolved at all.
When talking to people from Microsoft I got the clear impression that Microsoft views Notepad as a final product and does not plan to make any changes or additions to it in the foreseeable future.
Notepad has some disadvantages that are clear to any person using it on a daily basis. That’s why many programmers and 3rd-party software developers looked into developing better tools that will still be as simple to use as Notepad, yet offer additional features and capabilities that were left out of the original Notepad.
In the article I will try to list some of these tools. Note that since these are 3rd-party tools and are written by other people than myself, I cannot provide any sort of support or any kind of guarantee. Also, since make note that links and version numbers might change with time.
If you know of any other totally free tools (yes, free, 100% free, no nags, shareware or feature limited) please let me know.
My favorites are at the top of this list.
Notepad++ is a free source code editor (and Notepad replacement) which supports several programming languages running under the MS Windows environment.
Here are some of the features of Notepad++ :
Download Notepad ++ (943 kb)
The original Notepad shipped with Windows is probably the handiest program of all times, small, fast, without frills! Notepad2 tries to follow this principle, it’s a small, fast and free text editor with syntax highlighting for HTML and other common languages.
Small, fast, easy to use. The only drawback I found was that it doesn’t use tabs.
Download Notepad2 (242 kb)
Metapad is a small, fast (and completely free) text editor for Windows 9x/NT/XP with similar features to Microsoft Notepad but with many extra (and rather useful) features. It was designed to completely replace Notepad since it includes all of Notepad’s features and much, much more.
Download Metapad (46 kb)
SimpEdit is freeware and a replacement for Notepad with many features: Notepad replacement with syntax highlight, C++, C#, CSS, HTML, INI, JAVA, JS, BAT/CMD, INNO, NSIS,Pascal/Delphi, Perl, PHP, Python, SQL, TCL, TeX, XML Resource file and Txt. You can encrypt your text with Twofish 256 bit, and print headers and footers. Preview HTML with the internal browser. It also comes with an internal hexeditor. Autocorrection feature with support for many HTML tags and Bookmark added. Optimized your HTML with TIDY, and much more.
Download SimpEdit (788 kb)
PSPad is another nice freeware notepad replacement. Here are some of its features:
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