This post originally ran in June 2008. I am reposting it now, as part of my throwback thursday project, to give some of my older quality posts some love. To this day, Notepad++ is my default notepad app for use on Windows. It is regularly updated, and still works very well.
I write a lot of different things, from text for my blog, to content for my website to various kinds of code and script. For a long time I simply used notepad, it was most of what I needed, and it did the job.
A while back, I discovered a very good alternative. It’s called Notepad++, and can be seen as a heavily beefed up version of Notepad. Like Notepad, it simply works, but unlike notepad, it has syntax highlighting and folding, and a sidebar explorer to mention only a few of the features.. Here’s what it looks like:
Published under the GNU General Public Licence (GNU-GPL), it is lightweight, simple to use, and very powerful. In other words, it’s just the tool I’ve been looking for for years.
The full list of features goes as follows:
- Syntax Highlighting and Syntax Folding
- User Defined Syntax Highlighting
- Regular Expression Search/Replace supported
- Full Drag ‘N’ Drop supported
- Dynamic position of Views
- File Status Auto-detection
- Zoom in and zoom out
- Multi-Language environment supported
- Brace and Indent guideline Highlighting
- Macro recording and playback
If you want to give it a try, you can find it here.