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MS Notepad Replacement Metapad Returns with a New Beta Version

After nine long years Metapad has returned from the great beyond with a new version. Developer Alexander Davidson has started work on this classic Notepad replacement once again.

Not familiar with Metapad? Here is the description from the website:

Metapad is a small, fast and completely free text editor for Windows (95/98/NT/XP/Vista/7) with similar features to Microsoft Notepad but with many extra (and rather useful) features. It was designed to completely replace Notepad since it includes all of Notepad’s features and much, much more.

The download size is extremely small (~108 kilobytes) and comes in a zip file format. Once you have Metapad downloaded simply unzip the exe file, place it in an appropriate Program Files folder, and create a shortcut. Need to take Metapad with you? Just add it to your favorite flash drive and double click the exe file to start it up when needed.

Ready for more goodness? Metapad comes with a nice set of options for tweaking it to suit your needs. There is even an option for quick toggling back and forth between two fonts as desired (you will need to select the two fonts).

Here is the list of changes and updates for the latest beta:

  • A new high resolution app icon
  • Minor UI/usability updates
  • Better defaults for general settings
  • UTF-8 file support (provided by David Millis)
  • Portability or INI mode

Download Metapad 3.6 (Regular and Lite “LE” Versions) [via Softpedia]

Learn More About the Return of Metapad

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 01/10/11

Comments (10)

  1. Jefferson / Brasil

    I suggest Notepad++ instead Metapad. It´s much better!!

  2. Yoshiyah

    I remember Metapad!!! Wow. Nice find Geek! I also like Notepad++, but Metapad is nice as well.

  3. Ian

    I’ve used, and loved Notepad++ for years now, but I’ll have to give Metapad a try.

  4. Bassman22

    I suggest EditPad.

    I use the lite version and it’s great.

  5. AsianAngel

    @Bassman22 – Actually I use EditPad Lite a lot. ^_^ But then again I have quite the collection of different text editor apps that I like to keep around…I love the variety. ^_^ Metapad happens to be an “old” favourite of mine that I like to keep around. ~_^

  6. CD Hanks

    I downloaded the zip file and when I extracted the 2 files Norton says it is infected!

  7. AsianAngel

    @CD Hanks – I ran both files (Regular & LE versions) through VirusTotal before posting the article and they came up clean. Here are the links for the reports:

    Regular Version

    LE Version

  8. Tiago

    So Nice! I super suggest EditPad Lite to replace the native notepad of windows!

  9. Terry Hollett

    I’ve been using Metapad for years. I like to rename it to notepad.exe and copy it to the Windows folder to really replace Windows notepad. It’s a little bit tricker with the security features built into modern day systems, but not impossible.

  10. BillBrad

    I use AkelPad as a Notepad replacement, .
    It’s small (176k dl) and, AFAICT, does everything Metapad does, plus more. You can have a Tab line, or not. And you can add optional plugins to include other features important to you. Brilliant!

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