Notepad2 5.0.26-beta4 for Windows

by Flo's freeware

Avg. Rating 4.7 (300 votes)

File Details

File Size 0.3 MB
License Open Source
Operating System Windows (All)
Date Added
Total Downloads 17,582
Publisher Flo's freeware
Homepage Notepad2

Publisher's Description

Notepad2 is another small, fast notepad replacement with some unusual features. It includes zoom, rectangular selection, regular expressions, and more.

Latest Reviews

anomoly

anomoly reviewed v4.2.25-rc8 on Apr 19, 2011

I don't care for this all that much. Akelpad is more user friendly for me though that mod version works well with nfo's.
Nice review balderstrom.

Balderstrom

Balderstrom reviewed v4.2.25-rc7 on Apr 15, 2011

While I do use this editor, it's certainly not my primary editor. And comparing Notepad2 to UltraEdit32 is one of the most ludicrous statements I've ever read.

The second-most ludicrous would be comparing to Notepad++ - which is a great feature-rich editor, that may or may not crash for no reason whatsoever. From VAX to Unix to DOS to Windows and Linux, I've used dozens upon dozens of Editors, and Notepad++ is the only one (of two) that has crashed.

Notepad2 is a decent 'quick-edit' feature-light editor that has a few annoying quirks that the dev doesn't want to fix, but at least it has never crashed. If you require heavy-lifting and extensive customization, you should look elsewhere. And if stability isn't important to you, but free is, go for Notepad++.

My full-featured editors of choice, EmEditor, and CodeLobster PHP.
Notepad-like editors: Notepad2, Ted's Notepad (v6 beta), and good-old Notepad.

For ~$40 EmEditor (perpetual license, so far) stomps all over (feature-wise) the outrageously priced UltraEdit32, and the "free" Notepad++.

Blaxima

Blaxima reviewed v4.2.25-rc6 on Mar 15, 2011

I use Notepad2-mod but either or are simply excellent

sweathog

sweathog reviewed v4.2.25 RC2 on Feb 6, 2011

Unless you are hooked on tabs, this is the notepad to have. Lightening fast. Outstanding.

XhmikosR

XhmikosR reviewed v4.1.24 on Nov 16, 2010

Notepad2-mod v4.1.24 with Kai Liu's patches and more:
http://code.google.com/p/notepad2-mod/

Plumber

Plumber reviewed v4.1.24 on May 29, 2010

I've been using this more and more instead of UltraEdit simply because it launches so much faster, and has fewer annoying bugs. It doesn't have the nifty macro features but not being aggravated is very high on my "List of Important Things".

war593122

war593122 reviewed v4.1.24 on Mar 2, 2010

Simply the best.

Reverb

Reverb reviewed v4.1.24-rc3 on Feb 8, 2010

I have to agree with the other reviewers here. Best notepad for Windows replacement. Like notepad, it is small, fast, and light but also portable. I too have replacled the native notepad app with this on all my Windows boxes and keep it handy on my USB flash drive.

Blaxima

Blaxima reviewed v4.1.24-rc3 on Feb 8, 2010

This and foobar are just two of a very small set of apps that I consider must haves for every windows user.

I just wish Kai Liu would update his version

New in Version 4.1.24-rc3 (released February 07, 2010)

- /z command line switch (support registry-based Notepad replacement)
- /u command line switch (launch Notepad2 with elevated privileges)
- Fixed some /p command line switch options not working properly
- Display more informative error messages for file operation failures
- Hotkey to copy pathname of current file to clipboard (Shift+F9)
- Window title indicator when running with elevated privileges
- Ini-options to control system MRU, taskbar and jump list behaviour
- Revised word wrap settings dialog and added more detailed options
- New style setting to control font smoothing (see FAQ on my website)
- New style setting to control size of visible white space dots
- Added new "HTML Element Text" and "XML Element Text" styles
- Improved default style utilization for HTML-embedded schemes
- Updated PowerShell keywords to version 2.0
- Updated Scintilla library to 2.02

gawd21

gawd21 reviewed v4.0.24 RC1 on Dec 16, 2009

I am torn between this and Notepad ++ They are both great and I couldn't see getting by without one or the other on a daily basis.

Avg. Rating 4.7 (300 votes)
Your Rating
anomoly

anomoly reviewed v4.2.25-rc8 on Apr 19, 2011

I don't care for this all that much. Akelpad is more user friendly for me though that mod version works well with nfo's.
Nice review balderstrom.

Balderstrom

Balderstrom reviewed v4.2.25-rc7 on Apr 15, 2011

While I do use this editor, it's certainly not my primary editor. And comparing Notepad2 to UltraEdit32 is one of the most ludicrous statements I've ever read.

The second-most ludicrous would be comparing to Notepad++ - which is a great feature-rich editor, that may or may not crash for no reason whatsoever. From VAX to Unix to DOS to Windows and Linux, I've used dozens upon dozens of Editors, and Notepad++ is the only one (of two) that has crashed.

Notepad2 is a decent 'quick-edit' feature-light editor that has a few annoying quirks that the dev doesn't want to fix, but at least it has never crashed. If you require heavy-lifting and extensive customization, you should look elsewhere. And if stability isn't important to you, but free is, go for Notepad++.

My full-featured editors of choice, EmEditor, and CodeLobster PHP.
Notepad-like editors: Notepad2, Ted's Notepad (v6 beta), and good-old Notepad.

For ~$40 EmEditor (perpetual license, so far) stomps all over (feature-wise) the outrageously priced UltraEdit32, and the "free" Notepad++.

Blaxima

Blaxima reviewed v4.2.25-rc6 on Mar 15, 2011

I use Notepad2-mod but either or are simply excellent

sweathog

sweathog reviewed v4.2.25 RC2 on Feb 6, 2011

Unless you are hooked on tabs, this is the notepad to have. Lightening fast. Outstanding.

XhmikosR

XhmikosR reviewed v4.1.24 on Nov 16, 2010

Notepad2-mod v4.1.24 with Kai Liu's patches and more:
http://code.google.com/p/notepad2-mod/

Plumber

Plumber reviewed v4.1.24 on May 29, 2010

I've been using this more and more instead of UltraEdit simply because it launches so much faster, and has fewer annoying bugs. It doesn't have the nifty macro features but not being aggravated is very high on my "List of Important Things".

war593122

war593122 reviewed v4.1.24 on Mar 2, 2010

Simply the best.

Reverb

Reverb reviewed v4.1.24-rc3 on Feb 8, 2010

I have to agree with the other reviewers here. Best notepad for Windows replacement. Like notepad, it is small, fast, and light but also portable. I too have replacled the native notepad app with this on all my Windows boxes and keep it handy on my USB flash drive.

Blaxima

Blaxima reviewed v4.1.24-rc3 on Feb 8, 2010

This and foobar are just two of a very small set of apps that I consider must haves for every windows user.

I just wish Kai Liu would update his version

New in Version 4.1.24-rc3 (released February 07, 2010)

- /z command line switch (support registry-based Notepad replacement)
- /u command line switch (launch Notepad2 with elevated privileges)
- Fixed some /p command line switch options not working properly
- Display more informative error messages for file operation failures
- Hotkey to copy pathname of current file to clipboard (Shift+F9)
- Window title indicator when running with elevated privileges
- Ini-options to control system MRU, taskbar and jump list behaviour
- Revised word wrap settings dialog and added more detailed options
- New style setting to control font smoothing (see FAQ on my website)
- New style setting to control size of visible white space dots
- Added new "HTML Element Text" and "XML Element Text" styles
- Improved default style utilization for HTML-embedded schemes
- Updated PowerShell keywords to version 2.0
- Updated Scintilla library to 2.02

gawd21

gawd21 reviewed v4.0.24 RC1 on Dec 16, 2009

I am torn between this and Notepad ++ They are both great and I couldn't see getting by without one or the other on a daily basis.

emanresU deriseD

emanresU deriseD reviewed v4.0.2.3 on Dec 9, 2009

I've replaced the native notepad.exe files with Notepad2, after renaming the latter's file to match (using WfpDeprotect, an awesome console app available from bitsum.com). Great replacement for all the aforementioned reasons.

XhmikosR

XhmikosR reviewed v4.0.2.3 on Oct 12, 2009

@dhry: Unfortunately Kai Liu hasn't updated his builds for quite some time now.

Nevertheless, I agree Notepad2 is the best notepad replacement. Small and does what it has to very nicely.

If only Florian Balmer would use the installer Kai Liu has made. That would made things a lot easier for a lot of people.

dhry

dhry reviewed v4.0.2.3 on Oct 6, 2009

Absolutely brilliant. Loads in a flash, lots of great options, rock solid and has never crashed for me. And not as many bugs as Notepad++. God I hope the author doesn't turn it into bloatware. I hereby designate this an honorary Fileforum Pick.

Link to builds which incorporate code-folding functionality: http://code.kliu.org/misc/notepad2/

Nighted

Nighted reviewed v4.0.22-beta1 on Jun 26, 2009

New in Version 4.0.22-beta1 (released June 25, 2009)

- Enhanced support for numerous Windows, DOS, ISO and Mac encodings
- Enhanced encoding selection dialog (F9)
- "Recode" (F8) to reload file with different source encoding
- "Recode file as system default ANSI" (Ctrl+Shift+A)
- "Recode file as system default OEM" (Ctrl+Shift+O)
- "Recode 7-bit ASCII file as UTF-8" (Shift+F8)
- Option to load 7-bit ASCII files as UTF-8 (File, Encoding, Default)
- Option to disable encoding tag parsing (File, Encoding, Default)
- Issue warning if data can't be converted to selected file encoding
- Fix loading of (invalid) Unicode files with embedded null bytes
- /e command line switch to specify file source encoding
- "Insert Encoding Identifier" (Ctrl+F8)
- "Tabify Indent" (Ctrl+Alt+T) and "Untabify Indent" (Ctrl+Alt+S)
- "Increase Number" (Ctrl+Alt++) and "Decrease Number" (Ctrl+Alt+-)
- Option to auto-reload unmodified files changed by external programs
- Scroll find matches and jump positions away from bottom border
- Allow bigger tab-/indent-widths (256) and long line limit (4096)
- Dropping directories displays file open dialog
- Enabled improved Scintilla Pascal lexeing module (patch by Kai Liu)
- Remapped "Manage Favorites" hotkey to Alt+F9
- Remapped "Invert Case" hotkey to Ctrl+Alt+U
- Remapped "Title Case" hotkey to Ctrl+Alt+I
- Remapped "Sentence Case" hotkey to Ctrl+Alt+O
- Fixed various minor bugs
- Updated Scintilla library to 1.78

dhry

dhry reviewed v4.0.22-beta1 on Jun 25, 2009

Awesome stuff. Standing by for the code-folding build.

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