8 Alternatives To Windows Notepad

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Notepad is the most popular text file editor on windows platform and it ships with all versions of windows by default. Notepad is very simple and fast to use. But sometimes notepad may not fulfill your requirements; in that case you need to go for some notepad alternatives. In this article I am providing some alternatives to windows notepad which are very useful.

1 Notepad++

Notepad++ is an excellent alternative to windows notepad application. Moreover it is free to use. This has got lot of functionalities which Notepad does not have. This is very useful for programmers for editing codes. Sometimes I use this to edit my PHP codes. It has a very nice syntax highlighter, got a WYSIWYG editor, search based on regular expression, drag and drop support and many more.

2 EditPad Lite

The second one I am talking about is EditPad Lite which is free for personal use. EdiPad has also got lot of features like: large file and long line support, Full Unicode support, tabbed interface for working with multiple files, Unlimited undo and redo even after saving the file, automatic backup, powerful search with regular expression.

3 Edit Plus

Edit Plus is an excellent and very popular file editing application on windows platform. The latest version of Edit Plus has the functionality of drag and drop, saving sessions, saving documents bookmark, ability of create macros and some more. Edit Plus may not have those many functionalities like the above two but is widely used everywhere.

4 Programmer’s Notepad

This is an application that helps the programmers a lot in editing codes. This is completely open source software. It supports add on, syntax highlighting, multi-language user interface, export to html and many more.

5 Notepad2

Notepad2 is a portable tool and can be used without installation. This very light weight and fast, even you can carry it on a USB drive and can use it wherever you want.

6 TED Notepad

This is very similar to Windows notepad and easy to use also. It is a completely free application to use. This can also be used as a portable tool.

7 XEMacs

XEMacs is one more powerful alternative to windows notepad. This is available for different platforms also, available for Windows, MAC, Linux, BSD etc. It has got lot of customizable features.

8 AkelPad

AkelPad is open source software for plain text editing. It is small and faster. It has got an option for plugins. You can install plugin to make this application more powerful. 


+Ayodhyanath Guru holds a B.Tech degree in Electrical Engineering and has worked with various prestigious clients in the IT industry and presently working as a Software Engineer. He is a part time blogger and presently authors the Jafaloo.Com blog. Being a tech enthusiast Guru likes to surf the web and blogs about interesting technical topics like How-To guides, freewares, Tutorials, Software, Gadgets, web applications etc. Apart from blogging he likes coding in Java/J2EE and PHP.

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  1. Olson says:

    EditPlug is a text editor for windows with a plugin system. It has built in FTP Save As feature to quickly upload files to a server. It comes with some plugins and you can create your own in visual C or Delphi. I noticed other editors such as EditPlus are missing plugin systems.

    The download page for EditPlug is at:

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