Notepad++: My GoTo Text Editor

Notepad++: My GoTo Text Editor


For developers, writers, and anyone who regularly interacts with text files, a text editor is a necessity. Notepad++, a popular free source code editor and Notepad replacement, offers a range of features that make it a standout choice for Windows users.

This blog post delves into the capabilities of Notepad++ and how it can enhance your text editing experience on Windows.

What Makes Notepad++ Special?

Notepad++ sets itself apart with its blend of simplicity and power. It’s lightweight, fast, and boasts a variety of features that cater to programmers and non-programmers alike. Here’s what makes it a favored choice:

  1. Syntax Highlighting and Syntax Folding: Supports a wide range of programming languages, automatically highlighting syntax for easier reading and debugging.
  2. User-Friendly Interface: A tabbed interface allows for working with multiple open files.
  3. Customizable GUI: Tailor the interface to your liking, from themes to fonts and colors.
  4. Regular Expression Search: An advanced search feature that’s a boon for making complex text modifications.
  5. Macro Recording and Playback: Automate repetitive tasks, enhancing productivity.
  6. Multiple Language Support: I don’t mean English and French. I mean C#, HTML, XML, pretty much everything you are likely to edit, you can edit with np++ with full colour highlighting.

Installation and Getting Started

  • Downloading: Notepad++ is available for free. Download it from the official website.
  • Installation: The installation process is straightforward. Follow the prompts, and you’ll have it set up in no time.
  • First Launch: Upon first launch, users can immediately start working on text files or coding projects.

Key Features for Developers

  • Language Support: From Python to HTML, it supports a variety of programming languages.
  • Plugin Support: Enhance functionality with plugins like Emmet for faster HTML & CSS workflow, or Compare for side-by-side file comparison. There are lots of plugins available but choose them wisely and only choose those you know are from a trusted source.
  • Built-in FTP Support: Allows editing files directly from FTP servers, useful for quick changes to web files.

Advantages for General Users

  • Replace Notepad: Notepad++ can completely replace the default Windows Notepad, offering a more powerful alternative for everyday text editing.
  • Document Map: A preview window provides a bird’s eye view of your text document.
  • Auto-completion: For both words and function completion, saving time in typing.

Customization and Extensions

  • Personalize Your Experience: Choose from various themes or create your own for a customized interface.
  • Extend with Plugins: The plugin manager allows for easy installation of new features and extensions.

Community and Support

  • Active Community: A vibrant community continually develops plugins and offers support.
  • Regular Updates: Notepad++ is regularly updated, ensuring a secure and efficient experience.


Notepad++ is a testament to how a simple tool can be powerful and versatile. It’s not just for developers; its intuitive design makes it accessible for anyone needing an advanced text editor. Whether you’re coding, jotting down notes, or editing a batch file, Notepad++ on Windows offers a reliable and enriched text editing experience.

You can also use it on Linux but, as it is a Windows application, there is some work needed to make that happen …. I feel another post coming on.


Hi, my name is Stephen Finchett. I have been a software engineer for over 30 years and worked on complex, business critical, multi-user systems for all of my career. For the last 15 years, I have been concentrating on web based solutions using the Microsoft Stack including ASP.Net, C#, TypeScript, SQL Server and running everything at scale within Kubernetes.