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TextEdit Alternatives for Windows

TextEdit is not available for Windows but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on Windows with similar functionality. The best Windows alternative is Sublime Text. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try Vim or GNU nano. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to TextEdit and loads of them are available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to TextEdit are gedit, CudaText, Notepad and UltraEdit.

TextEdit alternatives are mainly Text Editors but may also be Code Editors or IDEs. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of TextEdit.
This page was last updated Oct 28, 2021
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  • FreeProprietary
  • Mac

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  1. Sublime Text is a sophisticated text editor for code, html and prose - any kind of text file. You'll love the slick user interface and extraordinary features.

    Most users think Sublime Text is a great alternative to TextEdit.
  2. Vim ("Vi IMproved") is an advanced text editor that allows syntax highlighting, word completion and has a huge amount of contributed content. It also has a GUI version called GVim.

    Vim vs TextEdit opinions
    Some users think Vim is a great alternative to TextEdit, some don't.

    Vim is best in class for what it is designed to do (CLI text editing) but is not at all like the GUI TextEdit. The average TextEdit user would not even recognize Vim.

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  3. GNU nano

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Haiku

    GNU nano is a small and friendly text editor. Besides basic text editing, nano offers many extra features like an interactive search and replace, go to line and column number, auto-indentation, feature toggles, internationalization support, and filename tab completion.

    GNU nano vs TextEdit opinions
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    GNU nano is a terminal based editor which does not at all resemble TextEdit

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    Nano is a great terminal based editor, but anyone looking for an alternative to TextEdit is of course expecting a GUI application.

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  4. gedit

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Chrome OS
    • BSD
    • GNOME
    • OpenSolaris

    Official text editor of the GNOME desktop environment. Has syntax highlighting and is suitable for programming, with support for several languages. It is extensible with plugins.

  5. CudaText is a cross-platform text editor, written in Lazarus.



  6. Most simple text editor. Just plain text, saves in .txt format. Not available for download; bundled with all versions of Windows.

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    Notepad lacks rich text editing

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  7. UltraEdit

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    UltraEdit is the ideal text, HTML and HEX editor, and an advanced PHP, Perl, Java and JavaScript editor for programmers. An industry-award winner, UltraEdit supports disk-based 64-bit file handling (standard) on 32-bit Windows platforms (Windows 2000 and later).

  8. Aptana Studio

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Aptana Studio is a complete web development environment that combines powerful authoring tools with a collection of online hosting and collaboration services that help you and your team do more. Includes support for PHP, CSS, FTP, and more...

  9. jEdit

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    jEdit is a mature programmer's text editor with hundreds (counting the time developing plugins) of person-years of development behind it.

  10. PSPad is a freeware programmers editor in 8 languages for Microsoft Windows operating systems. Some features are highlighted syntax, ftp, projects and so on. Code explorer for Pascal, C/C++, INI, HTML, XML, PHP and more in development, internal web browser with APACHE support.

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