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Free Text Editors (Better Notepad Alternatives)

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  • Started 8 years ago by ZakirAhmed
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ZakirAhmed
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There are so many good free NotePad alternatives which have many more features than notepad:

Windows:

- Notepad++
___(Download Link 1 | Download Link 2 | Download Link 3)

- Notepad2
___(Download Link 1 | Download Link 2 | Download Link 3)

- ConTEXT
___(Download Link)

- Crimson Editor
___(Download Link 1 | Download Link 2 | Download Link 3)

- Programmer's Notepad
___(Download Link 1 | Download Link 2 | Download Link 3)

- PSPad
___(Download Link 1 | Download Link 2)

Mac:

- Aquamacs
___(Download Link 1 | Download Link 2 | Download Link 3)

- Smultron
___(Download Link 1 | Download Link 2)

- TextWrangler
___(Download Link 1 | Download Link 2)

Both:

- Komodo Edit
___(Download Link 1 | Download Link 2: Windows - Mac - Linux)

- jEdit
___(Download Link 1 | Download Link 2 (Only Windows) | Download Link 3: Windows - Mac - Linux)

- Vim
___(Download Link 1 | Download Link 2: Windows - Mac - Linux)

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Best ones (In terms of features):
Windows: Notepad++
Mac: Aquamacs
Linux: Vim

Posted 8 years ago
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vistual
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good to know.
thanks for sharing these ZakirAhmed

Posted 8 years ago
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Scott
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Any chance you can decrease the size of header fonts?
I'll move this to Tutorials.

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SarahJames
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Best for windows: Metapad :)

Posted 8 years ago
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ZakirAhmed
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@Scott
I tried. The font size on that is 12, but no matter if I BBCode the font size 2 or 50, it turns out that same size.

@SarahJames
Thanks for the addition, although I can't find any better features that Metapad has when compared to Notepad++. Can you please elaborate. Notepad++ also has a better UI (atleast to me).

Posted 8 years ago
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SarahJames
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LOL I like the UI of metapad better :)

Posted 8 years ago
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ZakirAhmed
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Actually, I've done my research and I've found out Notepad++ is a lot better than Metapad in terms of features.
How? Importantly, syntax highlighting is a feature that metapad lacks. Bracket Matching, folding code and automatic completion is something notepad++ has that metapad doesn't. Metapad doesn't have a built-in compiler. This makes metapad worse than a lot of the text editors I've mentioned above.
I can't mention all now but just getting used to Notepad++, you'll notice a lot of features other text editors don't have.

And seriously, you like the UI of metapad more than notepad++?

Notepad++

Metapad

Posted 8 years ago
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ZakirAhmed
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@Scott.
If you can't move it to tutorials, please consider it a sticky in OT?

Posted 8 years ago
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SarahJames
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Oh and I think a lot of the other features are overkill. At least they are for me. Never needed anything more than what metapad does :)

Posted 8 years ago
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ZakirAhmed
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Your Metapad UI is different. What version do you have or did you just customize it?
And why exactly is the "Best for windows: Metapad"? I'm sure you meant "Best for Me: Metapad".

Edit: Looks like you have version 1 when 3 is out.

Posted 8 years ago
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SarahJames
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Yes, ok: best for me :)
But I guess that goes for just about any app we could talk about :D

And this is the version I have:

Just unticked show toolbar. Does that count as 'customizing' ? ;)

Edit: oh I díd customize the icon :)

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