Have just created a new category on this blog, which shall contain posts exclusively about some of the best apps out there.

And let me inaugurate this category with one such software I cannot live without. It goes by the name Notepad++ and it could very well have been called Notepad++++ !!


For those of you not aware of this great application, Notepad++ is a free Notepad replacement for Windows, which supports several programming languages.

It comes with a huge list of features:

  • Syntax Highlighting and Syntax Folding
  • User Defined Syntax Highlighting
  • Auto-completion
  • Multi-Document
  • Multi-View
  • Regular Expression Search/Replace supported
  • Full Drag ‘N’ Drop supported
  • Dynamic position of Views
  • File Status Auto-detection
  • Zoom in and zoom out
  • Multi-Language environment supported
  • Bookmark
  • Brace and Indent guideline Highlighting
  • Macro recording and playback

You can get a detailed explanation of the features from their site.

Few things that I really can’t live without is the multi-document, syntax highlighting and the brace and indent guideline highlighting.

All my PHP and a good deal of HTML development work takes place exclusively in Notepad++.

Non-English users too have nothing to complaint about, because the software also comes in several languages.

You also fantastic Find & Replace features, including the very important Find in Files, which you can use if you are searching for a specific string in a whole folder. This can however do with some improment.

Download and start using Notepad++

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  1. Will post such Freeware / Open Source more often. I’ve been using so many of these, it just makes sense to share 🙂

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