Simple Notepad replacement for W10 that doesn't need to edit code?  

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  1. Posts : 79
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    Simple Notepad replacement for W10 that doesn't need to edit code?


    For as long as I've used W7, I've used the free EditPad Lite 5.4.5 to replace Windows Notepad for recording simple text notes.
    Unfortunately, this version doesn't work in W10. I've installed the simplest version I could find (7.05 from 2011) but, like all EditPad Lite later versions, it's more geared to editing code.
    After doing a search, it seems that just about all 'simple' text editors are the same.
    Anyone able to recommend a really 'simple' text editor to replace Windows Notepad in W10?
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  2. Posts : 15,081
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    teckneeculler said:
    For as long as I've used W7, I've used the free EditPad Lite 5.4.5 to replace Windows Notepad for recording simple text notes.
    Unfortunately, this version doesn't work in W10. I've installed the simplest version I could find (7.05 from 2011) but, like all EditPad Lite later versions, it's more geared to editing code.
    After doing a search, it seems that just about all 'simple' text editors are the same.
    Anyone able to recommend a really 'simple' text editor to replace Windows Notepad in W10?
    What is wrong with just using notepad. Almost by definition, all simple text editors will be very similar, and hence similar to notepad.

    Alternatively, why not use wordpad built into windows which can be used simply like notepad, or a more sophisticated way and can even be used as a basic word processing tool.
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  3. Posts : 4,198
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    Not sure what you mean by simple. I notice the editpad you mention is quite a big download .

    You might like notepad2 which is quite small, less than 1mb for x64. It is what I use.

    http://code.kliu.org/misc/notepad2/4...ad2.x86-32.exe

    http://code.kliu.org/misc/notepad2/4...ad2.x86-64.exe


    Notepad2 Modifications
    Last edited by SIW2; 24 Feb 2021 at 18:42.
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  4. Posts : 13,332
    Win10 Version 22H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro and Home
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    The built-in Notepad is about as simple as it gets but if wanting more I use Notepad++. Have you checked out OneNote for saving notes?
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  5. Posts : 18,040
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    Hello @teckneeculler,

    This might be worth a consideration . . .

     Notepad++

    About Notepad++:

    Notepad++ is a FREE source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. Running in the MS Windows environment, its use is governed by GNU General Public License.

    Based on the powerful editing component Scintilla, Notepad++ is written in C++ and uses pure Win32 API and STL which ensures a higher execution speed and smaller program size. By optimizing as many routines as possible without losing user friendliness, Notepad++ is trying to reduce the world carbon dioxide emissions. When using less CPU power, the PC can throttle down and reduce power consumption, resulting in a greener environment.

    Basically, Notepad++ it is a text and source code editor that is more powerful than the basic Notepad editor. One advantage that I find extremely useful on a regular basis is that it can Compare text files and Highlights the differences between two or more files. To use the Compare feature you will need to download the Compare Plugin.

    Notepad++ and the Compare Plugin are FREE.

    > Website & Download => Notepad++ [ Download ]
    > Compare Plugin Download => Notepad++ [ Compare Plugin ] - SourceForge.Net

    I just thought you might find this useful!

    I hope this helps.
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  6. Posts : 6,489
    22H2 64 Bit Pro
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    I've used lots of them but the ones I actually kept are:

    DocPad (installed) free.

    DocPad - the completely free text editor for Windows.

    When I need more functionality (compare files, save as unicode etc) then it's:

    RJ Text Ed (Portable) free.

    RJ TextEd - The Unicode source and text editor
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  7. Posts : 2,068
    Windows 10 Pro
       #7

    OneNote is great for just taking quick notes.

    As a notepad replacement, I use visual studio code. It's way more than what you are looking for, but is honestly one of the best pieces of software Microsoft has ever written.
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  8. Posts : 56,725
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    As noted, Notepad++ is an excellent "almost Native" Notepad alternative. When used as Notepad replace it's as simple as it gets. Plus all the other functions and a good library of plugins for the exotic. 118 Plugins as of last count. nppPluginList/plugin_list_x64.md at master . notepad-plus-plus/nppPluginList . GitHub
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  9. Posts : 79
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    Thread Starter
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    Much thanks to all who responded: I tried all your suggestions.
    The one that best suits my needs is Callender's DocPad. Very simple but very configurable.
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  10. Posts : 18,040
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       #10

    Hello @teckneeculler,

    teckneeculler said:
    Much thanks to all who responded: I tried all your suggestions.
    The one that best suits my needs is Callender's DocPad. Very simple but very configurable.

    You are VERY welcome. I am glad that you have something that suits your needs.
    If you are happy with the solution, please mark this thread as Solved.
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