Top 5 Alternatives to Windows Notepad

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Notepad, as you know, is a simple tool that contains basic text editing functions and is probably the most popular application that ships with every version of Windows. Many users set it as the default editor for text files because it’s simple and fast.


However, some of us may find Notepad to be limited in functionality and need a better text editor.

Fortunately, there are several free and feature-rich Notepad alternatives available for you to choose from. In this article, I’ll talk about 5 of them. Check them out.

1. Notepad++

Notepad++ is a free source code editor that’s extremely rich in functions. Its main features are Syntax Highlighting and Syntax Folding, User Language Define System, Regular Expression Search, WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get), Unicode support, Full drag-and-drop supported, Brace and Indent guideline Highlighting, 2 edits and synchronized view of the same document and User Language Define System.


Notepad++ can run under all versions of Windows. The tool is immensely popular with coders and designers who prefer to stay away from advanced tools like Dreamweaver for basic code editing needs.

2. EditPad Lite

EditPad Lite is another multi-tab text editor that’s free for personal use and is a worthy Notepad alternative.

EditPad Lite

Compared to Notepad++ introduced above, EditPad Lite has a friendlier interface, though some advanced functions are missing. They do have a pro version with more features.

3. Notepad2

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Notepad2 is a fast and light-weight text editor with syntax highlighting. It is a portable tool and can be run without installation. You could carry it in a thumb drive and use it as your default text editor on any computer.


The program looks similar to Windows Notepad, however, when you click on the menus, you will find a lot of differences in terms of options.

4. TED Notepad

TED Notepad is another Notepad alternative for you. Just like the above utilities, the program has a Notepad-like interface to help you get started quickly.

TED Notepad

TED Notepad also provides a portable version; the program itself has a size of 120k and has several cool features that are unknown to Notepad.

5. AkelPad

While all the tools above have advanced functions, AkelPad is a simple open source editor for plain text. It is designed to be a small and fast replacement for Notepad.


You can add some more functions by installing the plugins available for this tool.

So, have you tried using any other text editor other than Notepad?  If yes, tell us about your experience of using it.

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  1. Simakuutio says:

    I have been using frequently this pretty nice one:

    From same author comes neat Explorer replacement xplorer2.

  2. Deezil says:

    It’s not free, but I use TextPad

    Love it.

  3. Simakuutio says:

    How about Editor2 from author of Xplorer2 (it comes in same installer package).

    advanced search-replace,
    wordcount character count statistics,
    hexadecimal viewer,
    readonly mode for any file,
    upto ten autotext entries,
    All that in a notepad replacement. best of all, you can unload it by simply pressing the Esc key.

    Worth of mentioning, no matter what.

  4. red says:


  5. piaqt says:

    advanced find-replace, including tab and newline chars (\t, \n)
    character count statistics
    customizable UI
    read-only mode for any file,
    up to ten autotext entries,
    favorites menu

  6. Griz says:

    I would be hesitant to suggest a non-programmer or the non tech savvy use Notepad++. While it *is* very useful for text editing, it can be just a bit too much unless you need the syntax highlighting and all that. I would suggest EditPad for those people. It’s much simpler and quicker than using Notepad++. I personally use both for different things.

  7. madhukarah says:

    Notepad++ all the way !!!

  8. DarkBlood says:

    I use Notepad2 for simple plain-text files and EditPlus when I need more advanced things, like syntax highlighting, work with a project of files, hex viewer, etc.

  9. Hal says:

    Like the TED Notepad. Quick to access, easy to use yet a surprising number of useful features. Stay on Top is handy for making notes while surfing (web, not waves) and I might use it instead of a spreadsheet when I have a list that needs sorting. Thanks for this one.

  10. wildan abdat says:

    always notepad ++

  11. edmenje says:

    I use Crimson Editor, a free, open source and portable text and code editor.
    Quote from the site “This program is not only fast in loading time, but also small in size … many powerful features for programming languages such as HTML, C/C++, Perl and Java. Syntax Highlighting for HTML, C/C++, Perl, Java, Matlab and LaTeX. Also, it can be extended for other programming languages based on custom syntax files.”
    I set up an “Open With” context menu entry and use it to open and edit .bat, .xml, .log, .php and other code based files. Primarily use it as my default HTML /CSS editor and have been very happy with it. You can also change the background color of the workspace so as not to be staring at so much white…great to keep from developing severe eyestrain while working on long coding sessions.

  12. Android says:

    I’ve been using Araneae for maybe 10 years now.

  13. Hariks says:

    What about gedit ?

  14. Carl says:

    PSPad is another great, free, feature-rich text editor:

  15. Devi Ece2008 says:

    Thanks for info

  16. Tracy says:

    Kaspersky internet security won’t let me download Notepad ++ because it says it installs adware on the computer…………Just a word of warning to the unsuspecting…….

  17. Klumbu says:

    I use QuickPad, it’s free and you can create languages and change the appearance!

    I love it!

  18. Rachit says:

    i have used sublime text editor which supporst web and program languages

  19. notepad++ is great

  20. I’m now using it:

  21. I’m using Notepad++ best applicable programming editor!

  22. Guest says:

    what about advance notepad?
    by deep modi