Weekly Software Pick: Notepad++ [Windows Only]

I’ve come to appreciate Notepad++ as a full-blown source code editor, whereas in the past it used to be a second-class citizen, somewhat. I kept it around because it operates and loads blazingly fast, especially handy when you don’t have the time to start Dreamweaver. Though Notepad++ is a lot more than a quick app…


It supports everything you’d expect from a well-seasoned code editor, amongst other features:

  • Syntax Highlighting & Syntax Folding
  • User Defined Syntax Highlighting
  • Code Auto-completion
  • Regular Expression Search/Replace
  • Zooming
  • Brace & Indent Highlighting
  • Macros
  • Integration into the shell

You should see Notepad++ as an all-round replacement for Windows’ built-in Notepad and a lot more. It supports a vast array of programming languages, yet is specialized enough to be used for web authoring, too: it’ll recognize nested languages effortlessly, e.g. XHTML, CSS, PHP and Javascript in one page.

Notepad++ is completely free of charge and subject to the GPL license.


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