Do you still use Notepad that ships with Windows?
I did, until I found NotePad2, it’s fast, it’s easy to use, and more to the point it works.
I’ve been using it for the past 2 months, and I have not got any clue to the features, but what I like about it is it just works and is a very good replacement for the standard Windows Notepad.
Here are the features, cribbed from the NotePad2 Website:
Customizable syntax highlighting:
- C/C++, C#, Java, VB, Pascal, Assembler, SQL, Python, NSIS
- INI, REG, INF, BAT, DIFF
- Drag & drop text editing inside and outside Notepad2
- Basic regular expression search and replace
- Useful word, line and block editing shortcuts
- Rectangular selection (Alt+Mouse)
- Brace matching, auto indent, long line marker, zoom functions
- Support for Unicode, UTF-8, Unix and Mac text files
- Open shell links
- Mostly adjustable
- Auto indentation
- Bracket matching
- Encoding conversion between ASCII, UTF-8 and UTF-16 formats
- Multiple undo/redo; rectangular block selection
- Newline conversion, between DOS (CR/LF), Unix (LF) and Mac (CR) formats
How to Replace notepad with notepad2 in Vista?
- First you need to download notepad2 from here
- First you need to Rename Notepad2.exe to notepad.exe.
- Find c:\windows\notepad.exe and c:\windows\system32\notepad.exe and set the owner to ‘Administrators’, and grant Administrators full control.
- Using Windows Explorer, drag and drop the renamed notepad2.exe to c:\windows and c:\windows\system32.
- Optional replace the permissions on the new notepad.exe to Read & Execute and Read.