"A free source code editor"
Notepad++ is a text editor that goes far ahead of the default Windows Notepad in terms of features and usability, and has in fact become the source code editor of choice for several programmers. It’s light on resources, and is freeware. Let’s take a look at its numerous features in this review.
Installation is quick, but requires you to choose the components to be installed apart from the Core program, which can be a little confusing for beginners. However, the default plugins chosen should be fine for most users, including those looking to use it as a source code editor. It supports all Windows operating systems, Windows XP onwards. No additional software was required to run it, and no ad-ware or toolbars are bundled.
The interface is quite simplistic considering the number of features that are tucked away in this free application. The text editing area dominates the interface, with the menu bar, a toolbar populated with commonly used options and a tab browser toolbar also present. Apart from these toolbars, the line numbers are also displayed. These can of course be turned off by changing a simple setting in the preferences window. Everything else is pushed away into the menus; however, this means that the menus are long and many in number. There are in fact thirteen different menus with several options in each. Finding settings and features can become really cumbersome, and the required setting isn’t always where you’d expect it to be. However, it’s certainly by no means a bad interface, as it gets the job done. It will just take a while to figure out where the features you frequently use are hiding.
There’s really very little to complain about in Notepad++. The interface is easily excused considering the number of features offered. The only caveat is that it is certainly overkill if all you need is a simple note-taking utility, but that's not its main purpose to begin with.
Notepad++ is a text editor that is both extremely powerful and versatile. Overall, a must have application whose features surpass almost any other Windows editor.
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