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Windows 7: Best text editor these days?

15 Jan 2012   #1
Owdy

Windows 7 pro x64
 
 
Best text editor these days?

Hello

I have bee using Linux 6 years. I started to use Windows now and try to learn how power users work with this Os. So im going to ask lots of questions in future

So, what is best text editor these days? I edit php files and stuff with it. Notepad++ ?


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15 Jan 2012   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I don't know what a PHP is but I use Jarte for a words processing. Kind of like a nice replacement for note pad and word pad.
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16 Jan 2012   #3
pcunite

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Best is probably a personal thing. I use Notepad2 and Notepad++
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16 Jan 2012   #4
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

hi Owdy, and welcome to sevenforums,

everyone's got their favourite, i like programmers notepad - free and fully featured.

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These is not an exhaustive feature list, but gives you some idea of the features present in Programmer’s Notepad.
  • Syntax Highlighting for lots of languages, configured with schemes
  • Multi-language user interface
  • Unlimited number of schemes supported, powerful syntax
  • highlighting supporting both user-defined and built-in schemes
  • Text Clips provide smart templates for text insertion
  • Code Folding/Outlining
  • Docking windows for: File Browser, Open Files, Text Clips, Tool Output, Find in Files results
  • Regular expression search and replace (full perl syntax)
  • Excellent external tool support with user-configurable
  • output matching – click on errors and warnings to jump right to
  • the place in the file where they were generated
  • Split Views
  • Bookmarks (both numbered and plain)
  • Export to HTML (using CSS) and RTF
  • Code definition browsing and navigation (using Ctags)
  • Non fixed-width font support
  • Projects and Project Groups with multi-level folders and file system mirroring
  • Scripting with Python
  • Extensions support for developing add-ons with C++
  • Support for UTF8, 16 and various file encodings
  • Support for windows, unix and macintosh line endings
  • Tabbed MDI interface, with multi-level split views
  • Word-wrapping
it's not as popular as notepad++, but it works for me!

the only way to find out what's 'best' (for you) is to try a few out and make your own decision.
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16 Jan 2012   #5
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
I don't know what a PHP is but I use Jarte for a words processing. Kind of like a nice replacement for note pad and word pad.
we're talking about text editors, not word processors. the main difference is that a word processor is geared up for printing, whilst a text editor is for writing code, so it doesn't need fonts, pictures, tables etc.

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16 Jan 2012   #6
cluberti

Windows 8.1 x64
 
 

Programmer's Notepad is fantastic, as is Notepad2. I don't use Notepad++ anymore, as Programmer's Notepad has taken it's place. I replace inbox notepad with Notepad2, and use PN for heavier code writing that doesn't require Visual Studio (not powershell - I use the inbox Powershell ISE for that).
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16 Jan 2012   #7
pcunite

Windows 7 x64
 
 

I just took a peek at Programmer's Notepad ... very nice ... I might replace Notepad++ with this. Notepad2 is my default system editor though ...
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16 Jan 2012   #8
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

I'm not a web programmer. But for doing my own site I liked PsPad. Has html tidy. When using New File it has PHP as a file type, so it probably has syntax highlighting at any rate. It's free and has user written plugins. But, yeah "best" is "best for what type of files" and also personal preference. For AutoIt3 and AHK I use the customized SciTE text editors. For general text, like writing Readme files I like EditPadLite7.
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16 Jan 2012   #9
pcunite

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Just testing around, I prefer Notepad++ for HTML. Programmer's Notepad is nice though with how you can customize the toolbar and other things are little easier in this regard.
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16 Jan 2012   #10
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Have only tried Notepad++ in the most cursory way. One thing I like about PsPad is it can use a Project file. The files you have Open are in Tabs across the top. All files in the Project are in a list on the left. To open one of the other files such as a style file or an html page, I just double click in the list. Plus when you set it to come up empty it's not that sluggish. Ok to use as a general spell checker. I have a program I wrote that can paste selected text into another program or save the text to a temp file and pass the file path to a selected program. Makes it pretty easy to use PsPad for spell checking for another editor that lacks it, but has other features I like.
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