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Notepad++

CNET Editors' review

Notepad Plus Plus is a Notepad replacement with an eye toward programmers, although it should also appeal to the casual user who wants a cross between Notepad and WordPad. Notepad Plus Plus has some noticeable differences from WordPad. Support for tabs is key, letting users manage different documents simultaneously. Line-numbering is important, too, a feature that nobody mucking about in C should be without.

The interface is much simpler compared with some of its competitors. 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.

Choosing between Notepad Plus Plus and NoteTab Light probably will depend as much on layout as anything else. Although, forgive the pun, notably Notepad Plus Plus can not autoreplace Notepad, it's still an excellent Notepad replacement.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.5 stars

    out of 429 votes

    • 5 star: 297
    • 4 star: 86
    • 3 star: 20
    • 2 star: 9
    • 1 star: 17
  • Current version:

    4.6 stars

    out of 8 votes

    • 5 star: 5
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Awesome text editor"

    September 20, 2009  |   By Alec_C

    Version: Notepad++ 5.4.5

    Pros

    Lots of supported file formats
    Keyword highlighting with support for tons of languages
    Fast and versitile
    Makes it simple to edit any file by adding a "Edit with Notepad++" option to the right click menu

    Cons

    Doesn't cook food for me? Nothing comes to mind

    Summary

    This is a great text editor. It blows away both notepad and wordpad that come with windows. It has every feature I've ever had a need for, including support for basically any programing language I can find. This is always among the first pieces of software I put on a new computer. I can't recommend it highly enough for someone looking for a Windows text editor. ++

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  • 5.0 stars

    "One of the most broadly useful utilities around"

    September 16, 2009  |   By x0lani

    Version: Notepad++ 5.4.5

    Pros

    You can poke around inside any type of file, any language, with tons of macros. Has some IDE functionality. Great for writing scripts. Lightweight.

    Cons

    It's not as good as a full-on language-specific IDE for development.

    Summary

    This is one of the first things I install on any computer. It is useful for looking into any type of file, and is much much powerful than traditional notepad text editors.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Outstanding tool for coding!"

    September 15, 2009  |   By ngineer2009

    Version: Notepad++ 5.4.5

    Pros

    Really good autocomplete feature, you can limit it to just the languages or scripting that your programming in, great interface. The have TextPad at school, and this beats it all to he*&. I highly, highly recommend it.

    Cons

    None. It's free.

    Summary

    Absolutely the most feature rich text editor I've used. Can't say enough good things about it. It auto loads all the files you had open in your last session, puts 'em all up on tabs at the top, just a heck of a great little app.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Pretty good I guess"

    September 7, 2009  |   By moe04

    Version: Notepad++ 5.4.5

    Pros

    Nice interface and it is free.

    Cons

    I don't know how to use it or what to use it for.

    Summary

    When I lesrn how to use it, I'm sure it will be great and very useful.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "it is a good little program"

    September 5, 2009  |   By msa0331

    Version: Notepad++ 5.4.5

    Pros

    it dosent take up to much space and its very good

    Cons

    dont need all the other things associated with the program

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The best text editor I've found for Windows"

    September 3, 2009  |   By RichardBudge

    Version: Notepad++ 5.4.5

    Pros

    Regular Expression find/ replace
    Column insert/delete
    Remove blank lines
    Remove trailing spaces
    Sort
    Side by Side view
    Portable (no install)

    Cons

    So many features/plugins I can't use it all

    Summary

    The easy of use and rich features make this a wonderful tool to have on your USB key to take anywhere.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great text editor"

    September 3, 2009  |   By carlkrebs

    Version: Notepad++ 5.4.5

    Pros

    Does everything I need. Can't beat the price.Extensive list of plugins allow added functionality

    Cons

    Can't customize toolbar

    Summary

    Great text editor which inclludes a hex edit capability

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  • 4.0 stars

    "It opens Perl files with ease."

    September 2, 2009  |   By ndmrmnyjly

    Version: Notepad++ 5.4.5

    Pros

    No issues with the background language. The text with all the characters are clear.

    Cons

    No faults found so far.

    Summary

    This was easy to download and set up. It does what is says it will.

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