Notepad++ : Best alternative to Microsoft notepad
Updated January 23, 2022

Notepad++ : Best alternative to Microsoft notepad

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Notepad++

I am using multiple table options to save the code and there is no limit to multiple tabs. There is an option to change the language like Java, Unix, or SQL and automatically do the formatting of code, this makes complex code understanding very easy. Using Macros help me to automate many companies' repetitive work.
  • I used Notepad++ almost on daily basis for saving important files and programming code. The software is easy to use and GUI is user-friendly.
  • An important feature is the autosave of information, no need to manually save the file.
  • The replace option has an extended feature where you can make use of '/n' etc. Syntax highlighting and support for various languages; I had to deal with a lot of sql, C language and HTML files. This tool made my life easy.
  • It is a Good IDE when we are using SQL. It will clearly show conditional formatting, loops, and other contents as required for avoiding compilation errors.
  • Many times it is asking for an update, when I started the updated process, it will get hung.
  • Opening files having a size of more than 100MB is also sometimes an issue. Except for these issues, the tool is really awesome.
  • The UI looks a bit plain and outdated. It is not a full-fledged IDE and so it lacks support for code auto completion and formatting.
  • Find and replace option with regular expression
  • Different color as per programming keywords
  • Auto save of file data
  • Cost saving because of Free version
  • Easy to use, so don't need any training
  • Quickly troubleshoot log files issue
Notepad++ is not available for macOS. So I am using TextWrangler, it is not having features like find and replace with regular expression, it is a simple replacement. Also, color coding for a programming language is also not available. The third multiple tab opening is an issue TextWrangler. So I think Notepad++ is the best option.

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Notepad++ is best suited when you want to do coding in Java, Unix, or SQL. It is having a code formatting option that makes code easy to understand and easy to find out errors and solve the programming issue. It also helps to make notes. A good thing is that it allows opening multiple tabs at a single time. It is less suited when you want to edit a file having a size greater than 100 MB. Or you want to find a typo error from log files.