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6:15 am on Aug 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I just "upgraded" from an XP to Windows 7 machine.

WordPad now is nothing like it used to be. Everything seems mandatorily geared towards using a mouse instead of keystroke combinations.

Can someone recommend an HTML editor that runs on Windows 7 that has a more old-fashioned feel like the older versions of WordPad?

Thanks.
6:43 am on Aug 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Have you ever tried Notepad++?
6:42 pm on Aug 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I have never needed anything but HomeSite+, or found anything that compares. Adobe killed it but it's now freely available on many download sites. It's da' bomb. :-)
7:12 pm on Aug 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

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EditPlus for me.
7:52 pm on Aug 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

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another vote for Notepad++
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Another vote for HomeSite- been using it for over 12 years.
8:21 pm on Aug 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

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i used to use crimson editor then stumbled across notepad++ and am very happy....its all i use
8:52 pm on Aug 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I like TextPad .. a plus is that it will open massive log files in moments.
9:27 pm on Aug 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

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TextPad has been really good to me, it has great syntax highlighting classes you can customize, and as mentioned it handles really large files quickly and with ease.

Even massive "find & replace" happens fast and hasn't crashed on me yet.

It has the coolest feature where you can highlight columns within text.

For example you can highlight the first 5 chars of a file all way down which is great if you have to insert or remove leading chars.
7:00 pm on Aug 27, 2010 (gmt 0)

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PSPad.

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EditPlus3 with its choice of saving files with either PC or Unix style line endings, the ability to use Regular Expressions in find and replace operations, and its many cleanup operations like 'convert tabs to spaces' and 'trim trailing spaces' etc.

I used to be a fan of WinMerge for comparing different versions files, but SVN diff as a part of the Tortoise SVN suite is way better at diff highlighting.
12:36 am on Aug 28, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Jedit works for me. sFTP, highlighting, lots of plugins.
3:27 pm on Aug 31, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Try the PSPeditor and metapad
3:30 pm on Sept 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Simple and effective, with many good features (like syntax highlighting): Notepad2.

If you want to do search & replace with regular expressions, and much more: Editpad Pro.
5:25 pm on Sept 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Curious (and lazy) Padawan asks, out of all these in this excellent list, which of those has the below? I ask because I may need a reliable backup if HomeSite is ever rendered unusable (knowing M$, that could happen just, oh, any day.) Consider all *required* for a cross-language coder.

- Ability to save in Unix or PC format?

- Color coding **and** active validation as you type not only for (X)HTML, but for CSS, Javascript, PHP, ASP, Cold Fusion, Perl, DTD, JSP, VBScript, and allows you to write and install your own? By active validation I mean if you're missing a quote or a closing }, it changes the colors to let you know you missed something, and it works in any language you're coding in.

- Internal validators for all document types to prevalidate before checking?

- Internal HTMLTidy "Code Sweeper" for JSP, (X)HTML, CFML?

- (Most have this) Ability to not only search and replace items in files in entire directories and subsirectories or "all open documents" for global changes, but apply regular expressions to the searches?

- Global Spell checker, with user configured libraries (see below)?

- User-configurable document templates by file type (below)?

- Tag and function insight/completion options (ok this one optional, I find it annoying. :-) )

- Dynamic text collapsing, to allow entire blocks to be put "out of the way"?

- Configurable quick key commands?

- All panes undockable with dual monitor support? (Move all the panes on one monitor, maximize the working window)

- A variety of library hacks that can be applied, and documentation to support them? For example, I can download a language dictionary and validate spelling against it, mod all my default templates, create new ones, many other hacks that make HomeSite the ultimate.
5:41 pm on Sept 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Nice list - so I'll wait till you get a reply before deciding between Notepad++ and Homesite cause my DW is almost totally useless with W7
4:54 pm on Sept 21, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Notepad++ personally
5:38 pm on Sept 21, 2010 (gmt 0)

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notepad++. i really miss it when i use my mac at home.
for mac i use jEdit, but it falls short in some minor respects.
8:09 am on Sept 24, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Another vote here for Notepad++, it's free and it simply rocks
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Notepad++ is excellent. I use EditPlus 3 on my main machine, and Notepad++ with a specialized portable install on my portable drive. Both have FTP client plugins/native features, so I can quickly edit text files on remote web servers.
7:47 pm on Oct 8, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Notepad++, infact Notepad itself works best for me. Notepad++ i only use at times. Love windows notepad the most
9:34 pm on Oct 8, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Also everyone should use a software which keeps the file coding intact...
2:14 pm on Oct 9, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Hi Rocknbil,
I'm stuck with the old version of HTML-Kit. So old it looks like it was written for '95, and lacks many features now thought of as "standard". But it was highly customisable, with the ability to script your own plug-ins as well. Mine is so personalised that nothing compares for efficiency now.

The "word" on HTML-Tools (the latest version) is the same, which is also portable, as well as having many more of the "expected" sort of features you have listed already built-in.
2:19 pm on Oct 10, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Another good editor is Edit Pad Pro[ at [url]www.editpadpro.com[/url]
2:23 pm on Oct 10, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I used to use Bluefish when I was on Linux, but since switching to Windows, Notepad++ seems to be the best option for me. I would like it to have more "code-generation" options (eg. click a button to get a <h1></h1> or basic table inserted at the cursor), but overall it handles encoding and line-endings well, is fast and robust.

A long while back I used Edit Plus, which remains a good option too.
3:37 pm on Oct 12, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Notepad++ or TextPad and download the .syn file for html recognition
7:27 am on Oct 13, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Notepad2
3:55 am on Nov 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

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NotePad Pro!

It is programmable, can search replace with RegEx, create your own library with often used commands... these are only my main points for using it for ten years plus now.
The functionality it has is mind boggling...
It has Tidy, spell-check plug-ins, etc etc
5:50 am on Nov 27, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Another vote for homesite, I still use 4.5.2 and like it quite a bit, however on my main linux pc I prefer bluefish.
 

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