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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.

Pros

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.

Cons

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 7.6
  • Add Built-in Plugins Admins. Users can install, update and remove plugins by some clicks via Plugins Admin.
  • Change plugin loading method: Remove the legacy plugin loading way and apply only the new plugin loading method.
  • Add new message NPPM_GETPLUGINHOMEPATH in Notepad++ API for plugin, so plugin can get its path easily.
  • Fix a regression of performance issue while word wrap option is enable.
  • Fix a performance issue for switching back to folded document.
  • Fix crash issue due to Unix style path input in Open file dialog.
  • Fix UTF-8 detection problem: 4 byte characters UTF-8 character can be detected now.
  • Enhance/Fix encoding detection/problem.
  • Fix auto-indent issue by typing Enter on empty line.
  • Fix "Close all but this" behaviour if multiple views are present and some files are dirty.
  • Fix tool tip in document switcher showing the old name issue (after being renamed).
  • Add autoit and lua autoCompletion.
General
Publisher Don HO
Publisher web site http://notepad-plus.sourceforge.net/
Release Date November 14, 2018
Date Added November 14, 2018
Version 7.6
Category
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 4.12MB
File Name npp.7.6.Installer.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 3,237,668
Downloads Last Week 1,361
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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