Top 10 Notepad Alternatives


I think that everyone uses the Notepad that comes built into Windows at some point through their day or perhaps their week. The problem is that Microsoft has failed to make one improvement to NotePad in the close to 25 years that I have been using Windows. Fortunately, there are a multitude of free alternatives that can expand Notepad’s feature set.

We decided to rank the most popular by which Notepad alternatives are installed on the most computers. Personally, I use Notepad++. I am not sure what compelled me to choose this particular one although it has a nice tabbed interface and it is great for coding. I was very surprised to see that my selection is the most popular Notepad alternative among our installed base as well. We hope you find this installment useful. Our data sets are a huge asset to us and help us make intelligent decisions about what features and products to develop. It also enables a fascinating view into the world of Windows.

Top 10 Notepad Alternatives

1 Notepad++
2 TextPad
3 Notepad Light
4 Crimson Editor
5 PS Pad
6 Editpad Lite
7 Notepad 2
8 Akel Pad
9 Programmer’s Notepad
10 J Edit

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9 thoughts on “Top 10 Notepad Alternatives”

  1. I just put Rob Chang in my favorites.
    5-14-’08: “Notepad was introduced close to 20 years ago in Windows 3.0. One would think that in 20 years, a company as rich, powerful and innovative as Microsoft would figure out how to put a spell checker into Notepad. Microsoft should be committed to continually improving their products, and not just settling for good enough.
    Enough railing. Here’s another Notepad tip.” “I am currently writing this blog using Notepad2. Just type “notepad alternative”…”

    5-29-’13: “Top 10 Notepad Alternatives” “I use Notepad++. I am not sure what…”

    Thanks Rob…
    Dave 1*3

  2. John V. Brennan

    I hope you’re enjoying a pleasant day. Number 3 / #3 should read “NoteTab Light”. That’s what I use. I don’t do anything fancy with it. I just like it for being a lot more functional than plain ol’ Notepad. I usually have it running in the background all the time. I like the “Favorites” menu… it makes for easy loading of Favorite most often used files. There are a lot of other features for the Advanced User. I believe it’s worth checking out, it just may work out well for you. There is a Standard and Pro Version available. The Standard version is 100% Free – No Nags/Ads, junk like that. Enjoy Your Day!

  3. Editpad Lite has been around forever; it’s one of the pioneers. I got it way back when and have found no reason since to change.

  4. Notepad++: I started using Notepad++ at work some 8-10 yrs ago (guessing) and now I use it in my own contracting work. The tabs for multiple open files is wonderful!, supports/recognizes a plethora of coding languages (that is, for language-sensitive coding), including MS-DOS Batch programming, AND allows for the CREATION of User-Defined new languages.

    I program in SAS (r) so I “can” add support for it’s extremely large instruction set. I did this a few years back, at “work”, with limited success, but alas, lost that in the job “transition” (lol).

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