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By far the best text editor for windows

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Switched to PSPad after experiencing too many problems with Notepad++

I like its small footprint and out-of-the-box Compare and Hex features.

I would give it 5 stars if a x64 version was available


Cannot confirm ad- or malware

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I cannot confirm ad- or malware. Could this be due to downloads from other than the original Website? Anyone who bundles unwanted software while posting the text below, would discredit himself and go off on a tangent forever. This is what it says on

I hereby declare, that PSPad installer, downloaded from PSPad page, doesn't contains any bundled software or malware. PSPad installer and PSPad.exe itself is digitaly signed with code signing certificate, issued by Comodo certification authority.

PS: If offered (as here with pspad) I always use portable software versions


free + adware

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Everything posted about PSPad is correct.

Awesome editor, compare with npp.

Free? Invasive adware could cost $$ to remove.

Maybe cheaper to purchase another product.


No code folding, for me that is a no go :-(

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I was searching for editor that supports bookmarks like Delphi IDE (or VS with DPack ext), only PSPad have this feature, but lack of code folding is show stopper for me. For example I am debugging parsing big XML file into object models, and using PSPad to examine that XML, without folding it's one big mess :(

[Edited by AntonioBakula, July 03]


PSPad has become scamware, you've been warned

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I love PSPad. Have used it for years.

Imagine my huge disappointment when I discovered that the latest setup file installed all sorts of undesirable crap in my system. It is no excuse that you can theoretically find a way to decipher the installer to avoid this. The truth is that entire thing is sadly, sadly, oh so sadly conceived to be deceitful.

You've been warned.


Advantages PSPad over NotePad++: Projects, Folders & Links

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Because of the unique management of projects, folders and links I prefer to NotePad++ .
With this great system of projects, folders and links it is easier to find notes quicker and grouped in projects in comparison with NotePad++. Besides these better search- und link-features PSPad is very similar to NotePad++. For the daily very quick access (with its wake-up-area at the top of the screen) to standard texts as my phone number, OpenID-URL, account-numbers, fax-number, mail-adresses, signatures I like QuickNote.
For notes, which I want to use also with Windows Mobile device or on other computers I prefer Evernote with its unique web-synchronisation features.


Suits me the most

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I've tried a lot of editors myself, and I keep coming back to PSPad. I especially don't understand why so many people like Notepad++.


But for me PSPad is the best editor for the moment

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Personally, I've been using PSPad for 4 years (primary for HTML+CSS) - it's far from perfect, but I couldn't find a 100% replacement for for it.

I've tried over 20 editors - but I'm still using PSPad.
I don't know why there're so many fans of NP++ cause there're lots of better alternatives (imho). Yeah, it's a bit faster, smoother, has better charset-support and code-folding - well that's the only advantages I found for myself.
The better alternatives were:

  • RJ TextEditor (it's very functional as-is, without any extensions, though it's a bit "messy")
  • Webuilder (another very powerful editor, but it's paid and doesn't have some functions which PSPad has, i.e. Comparision Tool )
  • Scriptly (not bad at all, though it's less functional than the editors above and it has only the small german-speaking community, so it's kinda difficult to find any answers)
  • Geany (it's more basic, but it's very fast and smooth)
    (unfortunately, all of them don't support Zen-Coding which PSPad and NP++ does).

The other editors I've tried (Vim, CoffeeCup, HateML, TopStyle, EmEditor, Komodo Edit, BlueFish, HTML-Kit, Emacs, jEdit, UltraEdit and some others) were worse yet for my demands comparing to PSPad.

After all, the features I miss most in PSPad are:

  • advanced color chooser (WB, RJTE)
  • advanced preview (RJTE, WeBuilder)
  • advanced charset support (NP++, WB)
  • clickable links (Geany, RJ TE)
  • code folding (NP++, Geany, RJTE)

But for me PSPad is the best editor for the moment.

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Just been having a go with PSPad -- it's good!

Overall, better than Notepad++ and, in some ways better than -- my favourite HTML/JS/CSS editor -- HomeSite.


  • quick to start, responsive, and a small footprint
  • seems stable
  • simple, clean interface -- very like HomeSite
  • powerful and useful editing features
  • plain text ini file
  • quite easy to customise


  • no multiline search (only HomeSite has this)
  • only IE browser integration
  • some parts of the interface are a bit cluttered or clunky
  • not sure, but I think it's written with Borland Delphi -- shame, in this day and age, it wasn't done cross-platform with (say) Qt

[Edited by em4020, July 25]

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I moved to PSPad from Notepad++, after the latter showed a problem of remaining in memory after closed (which wasn't solved in a newer version or by re-installing, or by installing on another computer). Notepad++ probably no longer has this problems, but I'm with PSPad now. Great, great app.