Notepad++ 4.92 - a powerful notepad based on SciTE


A source code editor for the programmer and a better text editor

Notepad++ is a free source code editor which supports several programming languages running under the M$ Windows environment.Notepad++ is designed to be a freeware replacement for Notepad.

This project, based on Scintilla edit component (a very powerful editor component) and written in C++ with pure win32 api (i.e. without MFC, that ensures the higher execution speed and smaller size of the program), is under the GPL Licence.

This project is mature. However, as you can see it’s a one-man-project, there’re still some bugs and missing features.

If you have any question or suggestion about this project, please drop me a mail, I’ll love to hear from you. As well, if you have any feature request, you can always do the demand, but there’s no warranty that I’ll implement it.

Here are some key features of "Notepad plus plus":

  • Syntax Highlighting and Syntax Folding Supported languages : C, C++, Java, C#, XML, HTML, PHP, Javascript, RC resource file, makefile, ASCII art file (extension .nfo, doxygen, ini file, batch file, ASP, VB/VBS source files, SQL, Objective-C, CSS, Pascal, Perl, Python and Lua.
  • WYSIWYG If you have a colour printer, print your source code (or whatever you want) in colour.
  • Style Configurator For each style in every supported language, user can change the background/foreground colour, the font, font size and font style ( bold or Italic ) via the Style Configurator Dialog.
  • User Define Syntax Highlighting It allows user to define his own language : not only the syntax highlighting keywords, but also the syntax folding keywords, comment keywords and the operators.
  • Multi-Document You can edit several documents at the same time.
  • Multi-View You have two views at same time. That means you can visualize (edit) 2 different documents at the same time. You can visualize (edit) in the 2 views one document at 2 different positions as well. The modification of document in one view will carry out in another view (i.e. you modify the SAME document when you are in clone mode).
  • Regular Expression Search supported You can search one string in the document by using the regular expression.
  • Full Drag ‘N' Drop supported You can open a document by drag & drop. You can also move your document from a position (or even a view) to another by drag & drop. 
  • Dynamic position of Views The user can set the position of the views dynamically (only in 2 views mode : the splitter can be set in horizontal or in vertical).
  • File Status Auto-detection If you modify or delete a file which opened in Notepad++, you will be notified to update your document (reload the file or remove the file).
  • Zoom in and zoom out That's another fantastic function of Scintilla component.
  • Multi-Language environment supported The Chinese, Japanese and Korean Windows environments are supported.
  • Bookmark User can just click on the bookmark margin (located right side of line number margin) or type Ctrl+F2 to toggle a book mark. To reach the bookmark, type just F2 (Next bookmark) or Shift+F2 (Previous bookmark). To clear all bookmarks, click the Menu Search->Clear All bookmarks.
  • Brace and Indent guideline Highlighting When the caret stay beside of one of those symbol { } [ ] ( ) , the symbol beside of caret and its symmetric opposite symbol will be highlighted, as well as the indent guideline (if any) in order to locate the bloc more easily.


Notepad++ is a powerful freeware notepad replacement. For user that want and easy to setup and powerful notepad can used this application. Although I still prefer the original SciTE. Some of the options originally in SciTE does not make it inside Notepad++ preferences. So some options that I want to change in notepad++ cannot be changed. For instance in SciTE, I can change what type of visual word wrapping I can see on my text but in notepad++, there is no option to change that.

Overall for majority user, I would recommend of using notepad++. For programmers and people that able to do configuration using text based config file then SciTE is the way to go.

There is also another good notepad replacement for freeware and it is called PSPad. So for people looking a free notepad should try SciTE, PSPad, and Notepad++ and see which one they like best.

It is kinda hard to recommend a notepad because user have different preferences. Some like notepad with a lot of user interface help but not so powerful, some other able to do text based configuration thus able to use a much more powerful editor.