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Florian Balmer
Windows 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP
Oct 2, 2012
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Notepad2 Review

Sven Sorensen

A freeware text editor and potential Notepad.exe replacement

A review of Notepad2 by Sven Sørensen

Notepad2 is a small replacement utility for Windows notepad.exe application.

The program's main goal is to add some features to the well-known Notepad application with the most notable feature of syntax highlighting. Currently, Notepad2 supports XML, JavaScript, Perl, PHP, Python and several other coding languages, along with CSS.

In addition to being a notepad, Notepad2 also supports search and replacing using regular expressions (regex). It can drag-and-drop bits of text and zoom in and out of text.

As a portable application, Notepad2 does not require installation. Thankfully, you can fully replace Windows' Notepad.exe with Notepad2 easily.

If you're a coder who often uses Notepad for editing files and you're missing things like syntax highlighting and support for search/replace with regular expressions, give this little application a try.

Notepad2 can edit PHP files, edit HTML documents and highlight syntax.

Notepad2 features and highlights:
  • JavaScript, VBScript, C/C , C#, Resource Script, Makefiles, Java, Visual Basic, Pascal, Assembly, SQL, Perl, Python, Configuration Files, Apache Config Files, PowerShell, Batch Files, Diff Files
  • Drag & drop text editing inside and outside Notepad2
  • Basic regular expression search and replace
  • Useful word, line and block editing shortcuts
  • Rectangular selection (Alt Mouse)
  • Brace matching, auto indent, long line marker, zoom functions
  • Support for Unicode, UTF-8, Unix and Mac text files
  • Open shell links
  • Mostly adjustable

Notepad2 is licensed as Freeware for Windows (32-bit and 64-bit) operating system / platform from text editors without restrictions. Notepad2 4.2.25 is available to all software users as a free download (Freeware).

Filed under:

  • Notepad2 Download
  • Freeware Text Editors
  • Major release: Notepad2 4.2

Compatibility with this software may vary, but will generally run fine under Microsoft Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7, Vista and XP on either a 32-bit or 64-bit setup. A separate x64 version may be available from Florian Balmer.

Notepad2 has been picked by our editors as very good.
Notepad2 has been tested for viruses and malware.
We have tested Notepad2 4.2.25 against malware with several different programs. We certify that this program is clean of viruses, malware and trojans. [Read more]

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