For when you're looking for a program that's more than Notepad but not as hefty as Word, these tools are here to help you out.
A hectic interface can't stop the power of NoteTab Light. This replacement for Windows' built-in Notepad jumps in with Web-browser-style tabs for managing different projects simultaneously, and it can automatically replace the tool it's based on.
However, there's much more to it. Commands on the left, called Clips, do anything from insert bits of text to generate code. Libraries of clips appear as tabs at the bottom of the screen. The FTP library, for example, lets you create server profiles, connect, upload and download files, and issue various commands. The publisher's site offers many user-created libraries, or you can make your own. Read full review
- Not yet rated
- Average User rating: 4.7 stars out of 367 user reviews
Notepad++ is another Notepad replacement with an eye toward programmers, although it should also appeal to the casual user who wants a cross between Notepad and WordPad.
Despite having similar features to NoteTab Light, it's got a much cleaner layout, and as such, some users prefer it. A familiar row of icons with their mouse-over labels sits at the top, and one row of tabs is just below that. The rest of the screen is made of nothing but pure white space. All the coding tools live in the menu bar, with some represented on the toolbar. Users can compile and run macros, convert text to Hex, submit directly to W3C for validation, launch in Firefox and IE, and more. There's also a built-in spell-checker. It supports tabbed document viewing and line-numbering, a feature that nobody mucking about in C should be without. Read full review
- Not yet rated
- Average User rating: 4.5 stars out of 417 user reviews