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Software Spotlight: Notepad++

Whenever I get a new (Windows) computer, one of the very first pieces of software I download and install is Notepad++. It gets used for just about anything, and everything, and takes the concept of Notepad, a simple text editor, up a few hundred notches.

I write a lot of different things, from text for this blog, to drafts of communications to customers and coworkers, 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, well, OK.

Then, over a decade ago now, I discovered a far superior alternative. Notepad++ 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..

Published under the GNU General Public Licence (GNU-GPL), it is lightweight, simple to use, very powerful, and nearly infinitely extensible through plugins. In other words, it was just the tool I didn’t know I’d been looking for. An abbreviated feature list goes as follows:

  • Syntax Highlighting and Syntax Folding
  • User Defined Syntax Highlighting and Folding
  • PCRE (Perl Compatible Regular Expression) Search/Replace
  • Entirely customizable GUI
  • Document Map
  • Auto-completion:
    • Word completion
    • Function completion
    • Function parameters hint
  • Multi-Document (Tab interface)
  • Multi-View
  • Multi-Language environment supported
  • Bookmark
  • Macro recording and playback
  • Launch with different arguments

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

One Comment

  1. Are Riksaasen

    After I discovered Notepad++ I have only once gotten a new computer without installing Notepad++. That computer had Notepad++ pre-installed.

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