Version 4.2.2 of my favorite Notepad replacement was released yesterday. If you haven’t tried it, Notepad++ is worth the download. It is a free, full featured, source code editor and Notepad replacement. Over the years, I have tried several different text editors, but this is the one that I finally settled on.

The feature list of Notepad++ is impressive;

  • Syntax Highlighting & Folding
  • User Defined Syntax Highlighting
  • Auto-completion
  • Multi-Document Tabbed Interface
  • Split Views of the same Document
  • Regular Expression Search/Replace
  • Full Drag ‘N’ Drop
  • Zoom in/out
  • Multi-Language environment
  • Bookmarks
  • Brace and Indent guideline Highlighting
  • Macro recording and playback

It also comes with a host of plugins that add support for dozens of additional features like;

  • Spell checking
  • Search in Files
  • Hex Editor
  • Colour Picker, etc

To wet your appetite, here are a couple of screenshots;

C++ Syntax Highlighting

PHP Auto-Completion