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4 Alternative Text Editors for Windows

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This article will explore some of the free text editors available for Windows apart from WordPad and Notepad.

By default, Windows comes with Notepad and WordPad -- two very basic text editors. But there are plenty of other free text editors available for Windows, providing some advanced functionalities. In this article, we will explore four free text editors for Windows operating system.


If you are a frequent user of Notepad and at some point of time felt that you need some more features in your text editor , then Notepad2 is for you . Notepad2 is a fast as well as light weight which also includes syntaxt highlighting. You dont have to install anything to get started with Notepad . It is just a simple executable .

Know more about Notepad2 and Download Notepad2 here


Jedit is another text editor for windows which offers additional features with the extensions or Plugins . The Jedit has the tabbed interface and supports syntax highlighting etc. jEdit has excellent features which is comparable to some of the commercial tools available , jEdit is also free and the complete sourecode is provided under GPL 2.0 license.

Know more about jEdit and download jEdit here


Notepad++ is another open source text editor . Some of the features of the Notepad++ is the Multi tab View and syntaxt highlighting for different programming languages.

Notepad++ also includes the drag and drop support to open documents and also additional features which can be installed using plugins.

Know more about Notepad++ and download Notepad++ here

NoteTab Lite

NoteTab is a free text editor which supports almost all the flavors of Windows and offers the standard features that one might expect in a text editor.

Know more about NoteTab Lite and download NoteTab Lite here

If you are using any other free text editors for Windows , feel free to add them to the comments section.

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