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Editors' Review

Notepad++ is a powerful, feature-packed text editor that more or less has everything Notepad needs but lacks (it can replace Notepad in Windows). It supports 27 programming languages, searches regular expressions, and supports syntax highlighting and folding, synchronized edits and views, and much more.


Loads of options: Behind a clean face and busy but efficient toolbar, Notepad++ is a wonder of features and options. One favorite: Default Directory has two choices, Follow current document and Remember last directory. Another: The "old, obsolete" desktop icon is a setup option.

Options to load: We could set Notepad++ not to use %APPDATA% but rather to load or write config files from the installation directory; this is handy when running Notepad++ from a USB device.

Plug-ins, too: Notepad++ comes loaded with useful plug-ins plus a Plug-in Manager. But we could also select a startup option to load plug-ins from AppData -- a potential security issue that Notepad++ only recommends for experienced users.


None, really: There's nothing we tried that we didn't like.

Bottom Line

If you just want a better text editor to replace Notepad, try Notepad++. If you want a powerful, versatile code editor, try Notepad++. In any role, it excels.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 7.5.8
  • Remove annoying "no update" notification.
  • Fix Folder as Workspace not updating regression.
  • Fixed crash issue by checking & unchecking "Disable extension column" option in preferences dialog.
  • Fixed a crash when trying to launch a secondary instance with command line arguments.
  • Fix "Explorer Here" from "Folder as Workspace" problem if folder name contains comma.
Publisher Don HO
Publisher web site
Release Date July 23, 2018
Date Added July 24, 2018
Version 7.5.8
Category Developer Tools
Subcategory Coding Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 4.07MB
File Name npp.7.5.8.Installer.exe
Total Downloads 3,225,537
Downloads Last Week 2,246
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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