Notepad++ Alternatives

    Notepad, which is built to every computer running Windows, is a useful tool for jotting down quick, well, notes or ideas that can be easily saved, accessed, and shared. That said, it is a very basic program with little in the way of formatting options. In fact, until Windows 10, it didn't even support one of the most basic formatting options in the form of Word Wrap. Luckily, Notepad++ addresses the need for a more robust yet accessible text tool.

    Notepad++ can be considered a sort of jack of all trades. With this comes a sort of added complexity. Simpler programs can be found in Notepad and its alternatives, though you would be giving up features that Notepad++ offers: features like autocompletion, support for multiple languages, and a variety of formatting options.

    As Notepad++ is a Windows exclusive app, it may be necessary to use alternatives available on macOS and Linux.

    If you're looking for a text editor more focused on having a featureset comparable to an integrated development environment, software like Small Geany iconGeany and its alternatives might be more your speed.

    This page was last updated Nov 29, 2021

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      EncryptPad is an application for viewing and editing symmetrically encrypted text. Using a simple and convenient graphical and command line interface.
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    1. NotepadX is a simple text editor. With NotepadX you're be able to create standard text files, open text files and edit them. The finished file can be sent directly from the app via E-Mail, stored locally or uploaded online to OneDrive.
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    2. RJ TextEd is a full featured text and source editor with Unicode support, syntax highlighting and code folding.
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    3. The beautiful, fast, flexible, native Mac code editor from Panic.
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    4. Thunderpad (formerly Textpad) is a simple, general-purpose and cross-platform text editor written in C++ using the Qt libraries. Thunderpad aims to be faster and more lightweight than most text editors, but as useful as them.

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      The project is no longer developed since 2015. Latest versions can be still downloaded from SourceForge and GitHub

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      TabNote is a free and offline chrome extension which can use to take notes while you are browsing the web. 🤗 🤖 You can customize your TabNote by setting up font size, font color, font family, background color, spell checker etc.
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    5. TEA is a fast, pure C++ text editor for UNIX, Mac, OS/2 and Windows.
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      It contains many functions which are rare in other text editors or need separate plugins/advanced regex to do, such as: change straight quotes to curly double quotes, line operations (remove emtpy lines, trailing spaces, sort), set the font used for both the UI and the text editor, reading support for text-based word processor formats such as PDF, DOCX, RTF is one of the most useful feature for me.
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    6. EditPlus 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.
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      EdytorNC is text editor for CNC programmers.
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      Eddie is a programmers editor for Mac OSX and Gnome Linux. Inspired by the Macintosh Programmer's Workshop, Eddie brings some of it's powerful features into a modern lightweight and capable programmer's editor.