Notepad and Wordpad that comes with default Windows OS is not good enough. It is very basic and lacks some serious functionality. However there are tons of free text editors available in the market, which has more functionality than some of the commercial text editors.
In this article, let us review the Top 5 Free Text Editors for Windows OS.
Notepad++ is an open source text editor that does excellent job — both as notepad replacement and as full blown source code editor. Following are some key highlights.
- Multi-Tab and Multi-View
- Drag and Drop support to open and move documents
- Syntax highlighting for several languages
- Auto completion of functions and code blocks
- Bookmark a location within the document
- Macro – Record and play repeated operations.
- Search and replace using regular expressions
- Lot more additional features using plugins
2. NoteTab Lite
NoteTab lite is a good free text editor that offers all the standard features that you might expect in a text editor. Using NoteTab, you can create a paste board file which will save all your clipboard copy automatically. This helps in retrieving the clipboard copy other than the last one.
If you hate default windows Notepad, you’ll love this Notepad2. This has all the features you wish Microsoft had in their default notepad. It is very light-weight with just a single executable.
4. Editpad Lite
This is an excellent textpad editor, which would’ve easily taken our #2 spot. Since it is only for personal use and not for commercial purpose, this has come down to #4 spot. This has the tabbed interface and has multi-level undo facility.
Jedit offers a wide selection of features with it’s plugins. This is an awesome source code editor that has tabbed interface, syntax highlighting, diff, macro recording and everything a programmer would ever need. If I consider only the features, this would’ve easily taken the #1 spot. However, this is heavy-weight and it takes some time to startup.
Vote for your favorite editor
If you use any of the editor from our top 5 list, vote for your favorite editor. If your favorite editor is not in the list, choose other from this poll and leave a comment and let us know what is your favorite editor.