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TBT: Better Notepad

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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:

Notepad++ - Like Notepad only better

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
  • Auto-completion
  • Multi-Document
  • Multi-View
  • 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
  • Bookmark
  • Brace and Indent guideline Highlighting
  • Macro recording and playback

If you want to give it a try, you can find it here.

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