PSPad has long since been one of my favourite text and code editing programs. It's a very good text editor, with features such as line numbering, multi-language support, a spelling checker, file comparison, and more. It's also code syntax aware, so if you use it to edit programs such as HTML files or PHP scripts it will colour-code your lines correctly in order to help you spot errors.
Best of all, PSPad has an integtated FTP client, so you can load a file, edit it, then save it back, directly to a web server. If you're writing or debugging web pages, PHP scripts, CSS files and so on, this is a hugely useful feature, and one which has saved me hundreds of hours during the years I've been using the program.
After a wait of almost 2 years, PSPad has recently been updated. So if you don't have the latest version, now is the time to get it. And if you've never used PSPad before, I'd definitely recommend that you try it out.
The program is at www.pspad.com and it's available as an installed or portable version for Windows XP and above. It's a 6 MB download. I checked both downloads and they are malware-free according to VirusTotal and Web of Trust. PSPad is free. However, be aware that the installer will offer to install an optional toolbar or some other utility on your computer. If you don't want it, you have the option to decline. Just read the installation screens carefully.
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