Windows Text Editors

A great number of excellent text editors are available for the Windows platform. Editors on this page are full featured text editors. If you are looking for simpler editors, check out our Windows Notepad replacement page.

PSPad
PSPad is a fantastic free text editor with all the features you would expect from a powerful editor. PSPad comes with built-in support for multiple syntax highlighting profiles. It comes with a hex editor, code page conversion, built in diff, templates, macros, spellcheck option, auto-completion, Code Explorer and much more. PSPad includes several additional tools that are especially useful for HTML editing (compress, format code) and also integrates TopStyle Lite and TidyHTML. The program can be used as an IDE for any compiler. Additional features include support for projects, file browsing, custom shortcuts, built in FTP client to edit files on the server and much much more. Unlike most other editors, the menus are very well thought out and all functions are located in the most logical location.
[OS: Windows] [Price: Free]
UltraEdit
UltraEdit is the most powerful text editor for Windows. It is packed with all the features you'll ever need and it is the editor of choice if you have to handle huge files. UltraEdit has been recognized as the Best Application of the Year at the 2005 Shareware Industry Awards Conference. That says it all.
[OS: Windows] [Price: $39.95]
TextPad
TextPad is a powerful user friendly text editor. It is designed to provide the power and functionality to satisfy the most demanding text editing requirements. It comes in 16 and 32-bit editions, the latter can edit files up to the limits of virtual memory. TextPad has been implemented according to the Windows XP user interface guidelines, so great attention has been paid to making it easy for both beginners and experienced users.
[OS: Windows] [Price: $30.00]
EditPad Pro
EditPad Pro is a powerful and versatile text editor or word processor. Designed to make text editing as convenient as possible, using EditPad Pro to edit text files will save you a lot of time and frustration.
[OS: Windows, Linux] [Price: $39.95]
NoteTab
NoteTab is the ultimate free Notepad replacement and a capable HTML editor. Move quickly around a stack of large files with a simple tabbed interface. Format your text to your heart's content. Write with the font of your choice, fixed-width or proportional. If you need to cut and paste chunks from a pile of files, forget the Clipboard: you can set up a Paste Board file to save text clips automatically. Strip HTML tags from your files. Call up complete document statistics instantly. Use powerful, system-wide search and replace tools.
[OS: Windows] [Price: Lite is Free, Standard $9.95, Pro $19.95]
Syn
Syn is an Open Source Text and Programming Editor with Syntax highlighting for many Languages, and some IDE Features, like starting a program (e.g. Compiler) and capture the output, support for Projects etc. Syn supports Active Scripting, this means you can extend the functionallity with writing a Script.
[OS: Windows] [Price: Free]
Crimson
Crimson Editor is a professional source editor for Windows. While it can serve as a good replacement for Notepad, it also offers many powerful features for programming languages such as HTML, C/C++, Perl and Java. It offers Syntax Highlighting for HTML, C/C++, Perl, Java, Matlab and LaTeX and can be extended for other programming languages based on custom syntax files. Additional features include multi-level undo/redo, user tools, macros, spell checker, bookmarks, print support, FTP support and much more.
[OS: Windows] [Price: Free]
ConTEXT
ConTEXT is small, fast and powerful text editor for software developers. It offers syntax highlighting support for the most popular scripting languages, including HTML, PHP, Java, VB, SQL, Python, Perl and many others. It features unlimited open files without any limits on file sizes (although it is very clumsy with large files). It includes a macro recorder, project support, bookmarks and much more. ConTEXT is highly customizable and allows you to change syntax highlighting colors, cursor shapes, right margin, gutter, line spacing as well as user definable execution keys and other things. Additional features include search and replace across all open files, compiler support, code templates, file explorer, text sort, column block selection (supported by ALT key), and others. ConTEXT currently does not support natural word-wrap.
[OS: Windows] [Price: Free]
EditPad Lite
This editor is an all-in-one productivity tool for everyone that works with text files. Open massive data files is seconds. Quickly locate the information your interested in, using Find, Goto Line, and Line Range. Edit hard to read data files using the "View as Grid" feature. LargeEdit provides customizable syntax highlighting and code completion for many languages. Keyboard macros let you record, play, and save frequently used keystrokes patterns. Integrated Spell Checker ensure your spelling is alway correct. The Repository hold all your text snipet of quick recall. LargeEdit integrated Hex editor lets you open and save binary files. Open and edit online files quickly and easily with FTP Open, Save, and Save As.
[OS: Windows] [Price: $19.95]
Notepad++
Notepad++ is an excellent free source code editor which supports several programming languages, autocompletion, multiple document, multiple view, macros, etc. It is very fast and configurable.
[OS: Windows] [Price: Free]
Kudaz
Kudaz is a powerful single document interface (no tabs) editor, which is fully configurable and fully featured.
[OS: Windows] [Price: Free]