TextPad

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 97 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    7.4
  • Total Downloads:
    1,388,138
  • Date Added:
    October 16, 2014
  • File Size:
    4.53MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    482
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7

Editors' Review

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When Word is too much and Notepad isn't enough, you might want to give TextPad a look. The text tool requires little drive space, but comes with a surprising array of unique features that are especially useful for programming tasks. A group of simple formatting tools such as indenting, line numbering, character transposing, and condition-based word wrapping help keep code in order. It offers excellent customization features, letting you create formatting and code coloring specific to whatever language you're programming in. Those looking for a robust tool for low-end desktop publishing will be disappointed, however. TextPad works best for programmers and other people who need a full-featured tool for plain text.

 
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User Reviews
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Results 1–10 of 92

3 stars

"Nice Editor But Not Recommended for Large Files"

August 22, 2014  |  By scollege

 |  Version: TextPad 7.2

Pros

Plenty of Options
Nice Regex Support

Cons

Tends to crash when working with large files

Summary

I've used TextPad for years. I do love it, but sadly it does tend to crash a lot when the files are a bit large.

Not an issue if your files are of minimal to moderate size.

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5 stars

"One of the first things I put on a new PC"

June 20, 2013  |  By Legacoid

 |  Version: TextPad 7.0.9

Pros

Been using this for years and wouldn't be without it. Pretty much anything you need from a text editor is in here, but throughout all the updates it's remained fast and light, and there are very few files it can't handle.

Cons

Sometimes struggles a little with (very!) large files. Some of the initial choices for hotkey assignments are non-standard but they can be reassigned.

Summary

Take the time to configure it to match the way you work, and you'll be hooked on TextPad.

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5 stars

"Best text edtor around"

June 18, 2013  |  By jonf57

 |  Version: TextPad 7.0.9

Pros

Works well, has lots of good features, doesn't crew up ever

Cons

nothing to talk about

Summary

Greatest text editor around , all you'll ever need

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4 stars

"Nearly perfect"

May 20, 2013  |  By j1yuan

 |  Version: TextPad 7.0

Pros

I have been a paid user of TextPad for more than 10 years. It has a lot of features that I love. However, only recently, when I started to work with XML files, I noticed a drawback in TextPad. The highlighting scheme cannot accomplish the coloring scheme that's offered by most XML tools where the value is in a strong color and tags are in a less strong color.

Cons

However, only recently, when I started to work with XML files, I noticed a drawback in TextPad. The highlighting scheme cannot accomplish the coloring scheme that's offered by most XML tools where the value is in a strong color and tags are in a less strong color. I wish the author can find a way to do it. You can try the NotePad++ (free) to see what how XML files are displayed.

Summary

I will keep using TextPad for most things. But, I have to use NotePad++ for XML stuff. I wish TextPad can improve in this aspect. It would make it perfect.

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4 stars

"Awesome for data validation"

December 13, 2012  |  By Dulcimer172

 |  Version: TextPad 6.2.2

Pros

I use for manually validating data files, prior to converting to a new CCSID. There is NOTHING else that provides this level of functionality - without tweaking the data. My files are hashed, so ANY change to things like CRLF in unacceptable. This tool lets me find the problems without creating new ones.

Cons

Options are not always intuitive and I never read manuals.

Summary

When you know someone puit a non-breaking space or French-Canadian character in the file SOMEWHERE, just gotta use Textpad.

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5 stars

"Finest Kind of editor!!"

December 12, 2012  |  By Oldsoldier37

 |  Version: TextPad 6.2.2

Pros

Has a multitude of 'bells and whistles' that swiftly become direly needed attributes! I have used this program for about twelve years in lieu of Notepad and Word Processors (MS Word, Word-Perfect, etc.) for VERY effective text processing, including source code(s) for nearly every language without the crippling limitations of Notepad or Wordpad. It also lacks the gross and hindering overhead of the Major word processing programs. It runs faster and more accurately than either set of supposed contenders. I use it for programming, and for all other text processing. I especially like the ability to simultaneously process EBCDIC, ASCII, and UTF formats without special attention(s.)

Cons

None that I have seen, yet. Some of the additions have addressed issues that I have not seen in my work, but were needed. While I admit using a mild "tunnel vision," I do recognize that no product on the market is completely perfect.

Summary

I am more than happy with TextPad, and I thank my lucky stars for finding it, and its sister, WildEdit. I have no reservations at all in recommending TextPad to ANYONE who spends more a few minutes per month editing text files!

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4 stars

"So useful for editing programs"

December 11, 2012  |  By rio_rick

 |  Version: TextPad 6.2.2

Pros

Simple.
Easy to use and understand.
Free of formatting.
Readily updateable.

Cons

none that I've experienced

Summary

Like all the best solutions it is simple and free of formatting bits and pieces.

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2 stars

"Was once indispensable, but now it's unusable"

October 23, 2012  |  By kghastie

 |  Version: TextPad 6.1.3

Pros

It has been my go-to text editor for close to 10 years. I have tried a ton of other ones, and always end up here. So sad to be giving it a 2-star review.

Cons

Since version 5/6, I have had a problem with TP freezing when I try to close the annoying left-sidebar Clip Library. I believe it is because it is switching me to the Explorer sidebar, which freezes. TP hangs with a spinning icon, and finally I have to kill the process. I have tried uninstalling and wiping everything in the registry I can find, then reinstalling, but I still have the issue, and since my clip library is now closed, I can't even start TP without it hanging.

If I go back to v5, I can at least use the app as long as I don't close the clip library or switch to the explorer sidebar. That's two full versions that are basically unusable. BTW this is as of version 6.1.3.

Summary

Sadly, I have been forced to switch to Notepad++. I really hope the devs fix things, but I am not holding my breath.

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4 stars

"Used Textpad since its birth; now it has fatal problem."

August 03, 2012  |  By Gnubudz

 |  Version: TextPad 6.1.3

Pros

Generally it is a fast, relatively simple, versatile, stable program. It does not need special setup each time it is opened. When saving a file, it does not issue stupid warnings that I'm not doing some other thing the manufacturer is selling. It does not waste my time. I use Textpad practically bare bones and it gets along just fine that way. 'Block Select' mode is valuable and it permits filling blocks with single or enumerating characters. The way Textpad remembers where it keeps files, as well as the Autosave and backup facilities, are all of great value. If Textpad is open, I use 'Find in Files' capability to find files by content. Textpad macros writer is good though the could be managed more conveniently. I wrote all my html web pages in Textpad; of course they're austere, but they load, are stable and don't attract malware.

Cons

TP has limited character set versatility. For composition, it does not permits inserted fonts. Textpad is severely just a text editor. In documents could support several fonts XOR (user's choice) only one font-and say which on the Menu bar. It permits only the selected font for all open documents. On closing TP, all SORT parameters are lost.The fatal problem is that recently it hangs or freezes. Sometimes it recovers, sometimes never & has to be shut down. Might be other software manufacturers increased aggression of interrupts. Textpad is now low on the interrupt priority list and can't get the computer's attention. Slit screen is almost useless.

Summary

After using it since the first version, the freezup problem has become so bad that I had to start looking for another text editor. So far, I have not found one good enough for my purposes to switch to.

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5 stars

"Great editor"

March 02, 2012  |  By Pierre Laporte

 |  Version: TextPad 5.4.2

Pros

Full of features, very mature.
Program lets you change or update a file that is being viewed by TextPad and just suggest to update when you come back to it.

Cons

none I can see.

Summary

Have been using for many many years.

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Helios Software Solutions
Publisher web site http://www.textpad.com/
Release Date October 16, 2014
Date Added October 16, 2014
Version 7.4
Category
Category Developer Tools
Subcategory Coding Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 4.53MB
File Name txpeng740-32.zip
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,388,138
Downloads Last Week 482
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price $25.8

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