Best Free Text Editors


What do you need to write? a pencil and a page. But can you write anything on your PC with these stationary? Of course, answer is a NO!. That's why, text editors are made for. These are tiny programs which provide you thousands of pages; text editor clean interface; & never disposable pencil; your keystrokes on the keyboard.

Have you ever imagined to see yourself as an ethical hacker, writting thousands lines of text in an alien language of keyboard characters or watched movies of advanced technology, hacking-penetrating into security systems of huge IT industries, with a man working on a strange machine with green columns of keyboard characters moving vertically throughout the whole screen with mysterious dark background. Yes? cool!. It will be interesting then to inform you that they actually are using a form of text editors used in past; terminal text-editors.

Beside these bad text editors, there are a lot more user friendly and pleasing text editors we see now a days, commonly notepad which is built in Windows text editor and gedit which is more popular among Linux users. If you're more familiar with text editors and know about HTML Text editor which is used for creating web documentation, you should see our If a programming text editor is major requirement then you should see our

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EditPad LiteEditPad Lite is small and compact and yet offers the most functionality that users would expect from a basic text editor.

The program comes with a tabbed interface for switching between open files easily and allows users to set the application window on top of other windows.

Some other useful features include: block functions; no file size limitation; unlimited undos and redos even after saving the file - so long as it remains open. On the down side, the spell checker is not included in the free version.


ATPadATPad is useful for working with multiple files that can be opened in tiled or cascaded windows within the main user interface, while featuring a tabbed environment.

Basic features such as redo/undo, find/replace and word wrapping are included. The program also supports: line numbering; display whitespace; own text snippets; sending documents via email; and so on.

No installation of the program is required. Just download, extract the zip file and run the executable. The program does not come with a spell checker.


NoteTab LightNoteTab Light is a very handy basic text editor to have. You can open separate tabs to work on more than one project at once.

This program includes find and replace, undo and text statistics. The interface is quite easy to use although it has an old look to it. I wouldn't recommend this as a full-on text editor, but it still is a very good notepad replacement.

This program is quite basic by itself as many other features come in the full versions.


To be reviewed:

  • AEdit SX - 1.37 MB, ultra-fast text editor, with spell checker, print preview and setup.
  • DocPad - 6 MB, a free alternative to Notepad for plain text editing, offering an arsenal of time-saving text editing tools.
  • Writer's D'Lite - 715 KB, a lightweight text editor good for writing short stories and articles without any bells and whistles to distract you.
  • QJot - 607 KB, a small USB portable alternative rich text editor that reads and writes .doc files, inserts images and more.
  • Jovial Notepad - 32 KB, a lightweight Microsoft Notepad replacement program that offers some handy and useful features that are used every day. (Review)
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EditPad Lite
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Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Small and compact, tabbed interface, block functions, unlimited redo and undo, etc.
Spell checker is only available in the commercial version.
9.2 MB
Feature limited freeware
Windows XP, Vista, 7, or 8.

Supported formats: txt and html.

Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Tabbed environment with tiled or cascaded windows, basic editing features with lines numbering, own text snippets, sending documents via email and so on.
No spell checker.
124 KB
Open source freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.

Supported format: txt only.

NoteTab Light
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Tabs for more then one program open. Easy to use interface.
Missing many needed features in light version. Old looking interface.
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Feature limited freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.
Win98 to Win7, Linux Wine, MacOS


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by Panzer on 29. January 2013 - 8:47  (104912)
by Panzer on 18. February 2013 - 9:17  (105515)

Textroom is a free full screen rich text editor developed with especially writers in mind:

by Panzer on 21. February 2013 - 8:58  (105631)

Two online editors:



by Panzer on 4. March 2013 - 8:46  (105928)



- small (under 2 MB)
- easy-to-use interface
- saves in txt, RTF format
- Spell Checking and Live Spell Checking
- Additional Reading feature

by Odinbc on 7. May 2013 - 2:32  (107502)

I will give RJ TextEd a two thumbs up but not in the Best Free Text Editor category but as a Best Free Programming Editor. It's comparable to PSPad and as much as I like PSPad I now prefer RJ TextEd.

by Panzer on 24. June 2013 - 8:51  (108696)

Jovial Notepad:


* Single .exe file
* Small footprint at < 50 kbytes file size
* Encrypting and decrypting of content
* Copy and paste images directly (for saving as .rtf rich text format)
* Colour and font on individual words
* Saving as normal plain text in .txt or rich text format in .rtf
* Context-sensitive quick colour highlight on selected words

by poemmuse on 19. July 2013 - 23:10  (109415)

I want to advise you a new text editor Poet []
It's simple and free, but has powerful capabilities.
There are
- multiple document processing
- floating tabs and windows
- powerful search (regular expression support)
- devide text area
- syntax highlighting (XML, HTML, CSS, SQL, Java, C#, C++, PHP, Ruby, Python and others)
- more 100(!) encodings
- beauteful and freandly interface
- other useful features

by MidnightCowboy on 19. July 2013 - 23:17  (109416)

Poet is beta status software and so won't be featured here until after the final release. MC - Site Manager.

by poemmuse on 9. November 2013 - 20:46  (112140)

Poet has been released already. You can try it.
There are many smart and powerful features.
Also editor has a beautiful interface.

by ChocolateChip on 13. November 2013 - 12:15  (112205)

Of the various notepad replacements I've tried, I like Notepad++ and Akelpad the best. At the time of writing this, Notepad++ has the most features of the two and is one of the most popular replacements around. However, Akelpad is more customizable. It starts off very basic, but plug-ins can be enabled or disabled, increasing or decreasing functionality and loading times respectively.

I tested the loading times of both of them using AppTimer on different machines. After enabling the features I needed, such as Code Folding, Syntax Highlighting, etc, I found that Akelpad loaded 40-50% faster than Notepad++. That being said, the loading times of Notepad++ aren't particularly slow when compared to other text editors.

I use Akelpad because I want something that loads at a speed similar to that of the operating systems Notepad and lets me make quick edits or write small code. I prefer using a complete IDE instead for medium to large projects. Notepad++ is still an excellent application if you need the extra features though.

Note: I prefer to set the file associations myself, rather than choosing to have Akelpad replace the default windows notepad during the installation.

by sicknero on 3. February 2014 - 17:04  (114217)

Akelpad is always my default text reader/editor, I really like it.

It loads extremely quickly, quicker even than Notepad2 and has a fantastic selection of plug-ins and toolbar buttons.

One of the reasons I like it is that it has a print preview option, something that's missing from the other freebie text editors I've looked at.

by Panzer on 7. February 2014 - 9:18  (114300)
by muhammad.ahmad.... on 2. July 2014 - 4:37  (117076)

Hello everyone! My name is Muhammad Ahmad Mujtaba and I am the new section manager of the site and I will be controlling the "Best Free Text Editors" section.

But first,how a text editor software is created and used, highly depends upon what and how a user wants from it besides everyone has one's own taste regarding how one uses it's text editor.
If someone is normal user, he might just accept only the builtin platform plain text editor, notepad[Windows], gedit[Ubuntu, Debian = Linux] or SimpleText [Mac OS X].
But if there is an author who is interested in create free writing who will likely to have his hands on gedit, leafpad, notepad -neat, clean & easy to use- text editors.
If anyone of you is either a programmer or a designer, he will definitely look for more than a simple text editor, may be a semi-IDE[Integrated Development Environment], or syntax higlighting and coloring text editors.
There are a lot of uses and lots of users, but there's one thing is common. They all need be single focused and easy to use text editors.No one appreciate complexity for just a simple task of writing.

This introduction ends with that I'll try my best to provide you best text editors out of internet and provide you updated information on how they're best and what else you can know new about a text editor.

Please, stay connected :)

by Fairportfan on 30. August 2014 - 18:52  (118300)

I looked at Poet. I was like "What?!?" and uninstalled it.

by Bhat59 on 31. August 2014 - 6:22  (118309)

SynWrite needs to be looked at. I have just begun to use it as a simple text editor. I liked it because it has the best interface of the many editors I have seen. It has even themes! Download Crew gives it a four and a half rating. I don't know whether it should be in this section or along with Notepad++.

by lil_king420 on 3. October 2014 - 15:43  (118945)

As with a couple of other posters I like Notepad++. Why it is not listed as a replacement for the standard windows Notepad is beyond me. Here's the jist of Notepad++ forthose who are unfamiliar.

Notepad++ -

Syntax Highlighting and Syntax Folding
User Defined Syntax Highlighting and Folding
PCRE (Perl Compatible Regular Expression) Search/Replace
GUI entirely customizable: minimalist, tab with close button, multi-line tab, vertical tab and vertical document list
Document Mapping
Auto-completion including Word completion, programming function completion and Programming function parameter hinting
Multi-Document (Tabbed interface)
WYSIWYG (Printing)
Zoom control
Multi-Language programming environments supported
Macro recording and playback
Launch Notepad++ with different arguments

by Anupam on 3. October 2014 - 17:09  (118946)

This category is about simple text editors. Notepad++ is more of a programming editor, and is covered here in a different review:

by lil_king420 on 3. October 2014 - 23:35  (118949)

@Anupam True. I did see that it was listed in the prog editor section and agree. It can be and is a well rounded programming editor. However, out of curiosity,and in the interest of sharing for the greater good :) I was doin a web search for a recommended alternative to the MS Notepad for some friends, and obviously Notepad++ was a forerunner in that list. Certainly you'd have to agree Notepad++ IS a GREAT simple text editor that few people are aware of, with features that I would think most typical users would appreciate and use over the stock editor. Like tabs for one instance. Anyways... I simply thought it prudent to mention ++ in this section in hopes that it helps someone seeking a sound Windows Notepad replacement. Nothing wrong with a little redundancy no? Thanks for your reply too.

by Panzer on 30. October 2014 - 9:51  (119386)
by Panzer on 22. January 2015 - 9:09  (120700)

"... Textadept - a fast, minimalist, and remarkably extensible cross-platform text editor ...":

by Anupam on 22. January 2015 - 9:31  (120702)

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