I use Notepad for the sheer simplicity it offers. Typing up my notes and saving them in simple text is something that I am familiar with and it does way with any other fancy features. However there are times when those fancy features are required. Th

ose times Notepad falls short of what I need. I am sure the same is true for all Notepad users.

Today I will present my readers with 5 great alternatives for the Windows Notepad. I hope that at least one entry interests you and covers the gap that Notepad fails to fill.


Most Notepad alternative come in the form of code-editors that can be used as simple text editors as well. PSPad makes it really easy to do web development and provides visual cues to assist you. What set PSPad from most other code and text editors are the following features: syntax highlighting, eye dropper, color converter, and spell checker.


With the addition of some great features, Metapad offers the same tiny memory footprint that Notepad offers. For starters, we can use dual fonts while typing our text while Notepad only offers a single font style and size. It also has find-replace options and hyperlink supports. A full set of features, which clearly set Metapad apart from Notepad, can be seen on Metapad’s homepage.

BDV Notepad

BDV Notepad is another great freeware alternative for Notepad. It offers a great interface with flexible adjustment. BDV Notepad supports shortcuts, multilevel Undo/Redo, auto-saving, and URL auto-detection.

TED Notepad

TED Notepad offers 197 text-processing functions, innovative features and other advanced tools. All features are provided on hotkeys; all designed for quick advanced editing. This lightweight portable notepad replacement fits on any USB flash disk and loads instantly with no installation required.


Notepad++ is a wonderful Notepad replacement. Apart from supporting the editing of code from a plethora of programming languages (with syntax highlighting), it also offers the option to open multiple documents in multiple tabs, so we can have simultaneous access to multiple files. Reopening Notepad++ reopens our last files which makes things a lot more convenient.

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