EditPad instead of Windows NotePad

By Windy on another thread: (note that if you edit with notepad.exe, a windows update now defaults notepad.exe to save as a text file...you need to change to all file types (i.e you will know if over written because it shows a do you want to overwrite prompt)

this change to notepad.exe by bill gates is a bit annoying me thinks!

For those of you who may have experienced this B.G. problem or are not happy with NotePad …may I suggest you try EditPad Lite (freeware). I like it because it allows you to open multiple files in the same window.(there are also many more features) You can find it at : http://www.editpadpro.com/editpadlite.html

You can then change to use EditPad Lite as your default html editor in IE’s internet options.

Note: Firefox users may want to download and install the “ViewSourceWith” extension to integrate EditPad. You can get that at: http://dafizilla.sourceforge.net/viewsourcewith/

I’ve been using a freeware called NotesPad for a long while.

I’ve been using NotePad Light http://www.notetab.com/ for years now. Freeware (the Pro-version isn’t).

Nice little editor with multiple windows and libraries. Search and replace in all loaded documents. Color picker, block-functions …

I have to live with windows notepad on a win server. If you enter the filename in quotes when you do the initial save as, eg “myfile.ini”, then notepad doesn’t add the .txt and you don’t have to do the “all files” thing.

On my own PC’s I use ultraedit32 http://www.ultraedit.com/ which isn’t free ($40) but is a great editor with features like a column edit mode that I use a lot with data.

If we’re talking favourite editors, then as a part-time programmer, I like Context http://www.context.cx/ which does code highlighting for lots of (programming) languages and is free.

And my vote goes to Programmers Notepad, fast, friendly and free!


After looking a bit… I choose to replace notepad.exe with ConText.exe.

Had a tad bit of trouble getting it as a replacement to notepad.exe due to the OS protecting itself, was actually surprised it did that.

Used the following batch file to make it “happen”…

Change to the directory containing ConTEXT… and run the following as a batch file:

copy /-y notepad.exe C:\WINDOWS\System32\dllcache
copy /-y notepad.exe C:\WINDOWS\ServicePackFiles\i386
copy /-y notepad.exe C:\WINDOWS\System32
copy /-y notepad.exe C:\WINDOWS

Answer Y to each of the copy’s and you are done.

Reminds me a lot of Epsilon for Unix that I used to use for years.