Best Free Text Editor



There are lots of text editors. Some of these aspire to just be Notepad replacements, while others are full-on programming text editors.

If you are looking for a text editor with programming or source code editing features, such as Notepad++, please take a look at Best Free Programming Editor. Or if you are searching for a text editor that is good for editing html codes, you might want to check out Best Free HTML Editor.

This review will only focus on text editors used for general purpose, saving files in plain text format. What's more? It includes some free programs which give more useful features, such as tabbed interface, than those available to Notepad, and they still remain reasonably lightweight, fast and reliable.


Rated Products

EditPad Lite  

A small and compact text editor with a tabbed interface and other features

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License: Free (Private/Educational use)
Small and compact, tabbed interface, block functions, unlimited redo and undo, etc.
Spell checker is only available in the commercial version.
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Works with multiple text files opened in tiled or cascaded windows and a tabbed interface

Our Rating: 
License: Free
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.
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NoteTab Light  

A very handy basic text editor with tab support

Our Rating: 
License: Free (Limited features)
Tabs for more than one program open, easy to use interface.
Missing many needed features in light version, old looking interface.
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Other Text Editors

  • AEdit SX - ultra-fast text editor, with spell checker, print preview and setup.
  • DocPad - a free alternative to Notepad for plain text editing, offering an arsenal of time-saving text editing tools.
  • Writer's D'Lite, a lightweight text editor good for writing short stories and articles without any bells and whistles to distract you.
  • QJot, a small USB portable alternative rich text editor that reads and writes .doc files, inserts images and more.
  • Jovial Notepad, a lightweight Microsoft Notepad replacement program that offers some handy and useful features that are used every day. (Review)


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