Notepad++ advanced editpad free text editor

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September 23, 2008

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 License.

So, you find yourself wanting to quickly open a text document to paste/edit some text and dont want to wait for a bulging application to open it then you will just love Notepad++.

notepad++ the best free text editor aroundNotepad++ is a text editor, HTML editor and programmers editor for Windows. While it can serve as a good Notepad replacement, it also offers many powerful features for Web page authors and programmers. It’s a free open-source application that is just great for editing text documents, html or php files and just about anything where you want to quickly edit simple text or do funky things like mass find/replace functions, macros, quick-text, highlighted source and much more.

I use to quickly replace text strings within multiple files (sometimes hundreds) within website directories. This wonderful little application has literally saved me hundreds of man hours and stopped all that annoying repetitive cut/paste/replace function that I used to do before I found it.

I’ve used EDITPAD previously and quite liked it but NOTEPAD++ is just fantastic.

I’m using version 5 (beta) at the moment and the syntax highlighting while I’m editing a massive list of PHP templates for this drupal website is just terrific.

Here are the features of Notepad++ :

Syntax Highlighting and Syntax Folding

Supported languages :
C C++ Java C# XML HTML
PHP CSS makefile ASCII art (.nfo) doxygen ini file
batch file Javascript ASP VB/VBS SQL Objective-C
RC resource file Pascal Perl Python Lua TeX
TCL Assembler Ruby Lisp Scheme Properties
Diff Smalltalk Postscript VHDL Ada Caml
AutoIt KiXtart Matlab Verilog Haskell InnoSetup

  • If you have a colour printer, print your source code (or whatever you want) in colour.
  • User Defined Syntax Highlighting
  • It allows user to define his own language : not only the syntax highlighting keywords, but also the syntax folding keywords, comment keywords and the operators.
  • Auto-completion
  • You can edit several documents at the same time.
  • You have two views at same time. That means you can visualize (edit) 2 different documents at the same time (screenshot). You can visualize (edit) in the 2 views one document at 2 different positions as well.
  • Regular Expression Search/Replace supported
  • You can search and replace one string in the document by using the regular expression.
  • Full Drag ‘N’ Drop supported
  • Dynamic position of Views
  • File Status Auto-detection
  • If you modify or delete a file which opened in Notepad++, you will be notified to update your document (reload the file or remove the file)
  • Zoom in and zoom out

…. and much much more……

just go and download it… its the muttz nuttzzzzz


IBM i Software Developer, Digital Dad, AS400 Anarchist, RPG Modernizer, Shameless Trekkie, Belligerent Nerd, Englishman Abroad and Passionate Eater of Cheese and Biscuits. Nick Litten Dot Com is a mixture of blog posts that can be sometimes serious, frequently playful and probably down-right pointless all in the space of a day. Enjoy your stay, feel free to comment and remember: If at first you don't succeed then skydiving probably isn't a hobby you should look into.

Nick Litten

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