is a free source code editor that is written in C++, supports
many programming languages, and uses minimal memory to achieve the
greatest efficiency. Given that it's lightweight, easily customizable,
and free, Notepad++ is an essential tool for anyone working with code.
Notepad++ offers a bevy of features within a simple user interface. Its
syntax highlighting function is especially valuable; it makes working
with various programming languages a snap and you can set the language
highlighting to apply at any given time while you're editing. The
syntax colorizer uses color to differentiate the coding, making it easy
to find mistakes and modify them. If you have a color printer, you can
even print your code in color.
The search and replace function is another excellent feature – you can
open several different files and search and replace in all of them at
once. That text-replacing is amazingly fast. Further, Notepad++ allows
you to add views, so you can view the page in CSS and HTML
side-by-side, for example. It has great convenience features – tabs,
line-numbering, built-in spell checker, many handy macros that run
extremely fast, column copy and paste, among others. Plus, it fully
supports drag and drop.
It's available in a portable version; you can run it from your thumb
drive. Above all, it's very stable, which is especially important to
anyone who's lost code when a program froze up on them in the middle of
One of the great strengths of Notepad++ is that it's very extendible
and customizable. Superficially, it has lots of themes so you can alter
its look. More essentially, there are many useful plug-ins, like the
FTP plug-in which offers quick synchronization with FTP folders. It's
also quite simple to record your own macros. You can then set keyboard
shortcuts to make them easily accessible.
Notepad++ is not perfect, of course. It works best for quick, simple
editing as opposed to bigger coding jobs. There's no ISO support. It
doesn't have any form of code assist or error detection. It can get
buggy in Vista, just like every other program.
Even taking into account those drawbacks, Notepad++ is one of the best
general purpose editors for Windows. It's a fast and easy all-round
text editor for programming, layouts, properties, etc. and even if
you're new, it's very easy to familiarize yourself with the program.
Above all, it's free.