The "Old Steady" of Text Editors on Windows
December 20, 2018

The "Old Steady" of Text Editors on Windows

James Pautz II | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Notepad++

Notepad++ is used by technical and non-technical teams at my company. Almost everyone on my team (Technical Consulting) who is on Windows uses Notepad++. We use it to write scripts, view CSV and XML data, and as a general text editor. We also use a plugin for Notepad++ called "Fingertext" extensively to help us write commonly used scripts.

Pros

  • It has a simple UI.
  • It is generally fast.
  • It has syntax highlighting for most common formats/languages and you can add your own for custom languages.
  • You can customize a lot about how it works and there is a large plugin collection available to extend functionality.
  • It is free.

Cons

  • My biggest annoyance is large file performance. I open large XML files frequently and it can handle them eventually, but the program locks up while it is loading. If you open a really really large file it will freeze and never recover.
  • I like the simple UI, but it feels a bit dated, especially compared to new competitors.
  • The 64-bit version doesn't support the plugins I need.
  • The tool is free, so the investment is just time. The time spent is much less than time saved for me.
  • It does what I need it to do and does it well.
Notepad++ is the no-frills, simpler options that is an old reliable text editor. The alternatives have slicker interfaces and more features, but can be overkill for certain uses. The quality of plugins that Notepad++ has is a bit higher and there is less noise. Notepad++ is also easier to customize.
If you aren't managing larger projects, but dealing with one-off scripting or looking at files, this is the tool for you. It is free, fast (generally), and it has been around for a long time with a big community supporting it. There are also a large number of plugins to extend functionality to your needs.

If you are managing larger projects with multiple files, use an IDE or a more enhanced IDE-like text editor like Brackets or Visual Studio Code.

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