Notepad 2- Notepad Alternative for Developers

Notepad2  is a  lightweight,  free and open source Notepad-like text editor with syntax highlighting  for a  few commonly used scripting and programming  languages like HTML, XML, CSS, JavaScript, VBScript, ASP, PHP, CSS, Perl/CGI, C/C++, C#, Java, VB, Pascal, Assembler, SQL, Python, NSIS and file formats like INI, REG, INF, BAT, DIFF. It’s based on  the Scintilla source code editing component. It can work as the best Notepad alternative jus like Notepad++

You can replace the default Windows notepad.exe with Notepad2 ( it’s  just a matter of deleting notepad.exe and  renaming Notepad2.exe, within  the same  folder. ) As a  text editor  for developers, Notepad2 offers syntax highlighting  for scripting  languages. You can use  it  to read configuration files such as Apache Config Files, Batch Files and Dif Files.

Notepad2 - free text editor - notepad alternative

There’s Windows-style drag & drop text editing  too, useful  if you want  to quickly duplicate or  reposition a  line of code. Column or  rectangular selection is a bonus  too (hold down  the [ALT] key when selecting with  the mouse. We noticed a  text zoom  feature  too which is something unique  for a  text editor.

Developers will  love  features of Notepad2  like word,  line and block editing shortcuts; brace matching, auto  indent, long  line marker and Open shell  links. There’s support  for Unicode, UTF-8, UNIX and Mac  text files. It has very  few text formatting features, though you can do  things  like highlighting  the current line. The settings menu has plenty of options for customizing the text editor for  the  type of script you’ll be editing.

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November 26, 2009 by: Prasanth Chandra


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