Make note of Notepad++
April 12, 2019

Make note of Notepad++

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Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Notepad++

My department used Notepad++, and it may be used in other departments as well. It's a very handy tool. It's great for examining text for "hidden" characters (carriage return, tab, etc) that might mess up input. It also has a wide library of plugins to enhance the user's experience with it, and it's updated pretty regularly.

Pros

  • It's great for syntax highlighting.
  • Great for diff/compare for multiple files.
  • Excellent at find/replace across open files, files in a directory, or just one file.

Cons

  • I've never had much luck getting the plugins for HTML/XML formatting to work consistently across installations, but that could easily be user error.
  • Occasionally an update or plugin will require elevated user access, and if your user account doesn't have admin rights, you'll have to do without or (I think) reinstall it as a portable app.
  • Not all plugins work equally as well as others. I think most (all?) are from contributors (open source) so what works in one version of Notepad++ may not work in the next version.
  • It's open source and free, so it's a tool everyone can install without worrying about license costs.
  • The user support online is great. If you've got an issue or want to do something, odds are high someone else had that same question.
Notepad++ is free, entirely, so you're not going to have to pay for more features (like with Sublime). It's also available offline, so if you're having internet issues you won't lose your data (like with Evernote).
It's great for text manipulation and for opening (most) source code files if you don't want to open the IDE just to look up one thing. It's not always consistent with formatting (out of the box I don't believe it will format HTML or XML that's been moved to one line or minified, for example). It's not the best tool if you're prone to making bulleted lists.

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