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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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4 stars

"Only similarity with Notepad is the name"

November 13, 2011  |  By Jockster_CNET

 |  Version: Notepad++


Notepad++ is an excellent editor for my needs (regular TXT and some XML and HTML files), I am not a programmer. Note that you can and probably want to extend the basic functionality available right after a clean installing it by adding some plugins (go to Plugins < Plugin manager). One plugin I want to flag is TextFX, which has a number of nice features for cleaning up text. I have used this software for 5+ years.


Not a comment about Notepad++ per se, but formulating regular expressions can be a bit tricky, i.e. to know what the exact syntax should be...in my experience it requires some trial and error. Different software support different syntax...

Some of the built-in styles are not very practical, e.g. you may not be able to read highlighted text because the font color and highlight are both very light. This is something you can easily customize, though.


Very good for basic text editing, I recommend it.

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1 stars

"installation requires installing adware"

November 09, 2011  |  By coloratura

 |  Version: Notepad++


who knows? I aborted the installation. The last version of the product was good. I won't install coupon adware just to get this program update.


Adware. NOT what I expect from C/Net.



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5 stars

"It's in the name - Notepad plus a lot more."

November 09, 2011  |  By hallenshaker

 |  Version: Notepad++


Display / Print highlighted syntax for :c++, XML , HLSL (with addin) and many others.
Tabs that persist content link between runs.
Amend syntax schemes.


Could include a HLSL/Cg syntax scheme out of the box.


VS10 - Visual Studio 10 (express & possibly others) no longer prints c++ source with highlighted syntax - Notepad++ solves this omission.
Set as default editor for FX files in vs and get highlighting on your HLSL files.
All for free. ( well worth a donation though!)

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What's new in version
Version has fixed the crash issue while executing "Add Files from Directory" command.
Publisher Don HO
Publisher web site http://notepad-plus.sourceforge.net/
Release Date November 05, 2011
Date Added November 05, 2011
Category Developer Tools
Subcategory Coding Utilities
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Operating Systems Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista/7
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File Size 5.07MB
File Name npp.6.8.3.Installer.exe
Total Downloads 2,553,017
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License Model Free
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Price Free

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