Scott Hanselman

N.exe

May 6, '04 Comments [9] Posted in Programming | Tools
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I’ve mentioned in a few talks that I long-ago renamed NOTEPAD.exe to N.exe as I have a tendency to “Windows-R, N, Enter” and I wanted to save a least a few hundred “otepad’s” a day. 

I’m also a big fan of starting a drag-drop operation, and without releasing the mouse button, doing an ALT-Tab, bringing my app up, and then releasing the mouse button and completing the drag.  A lot of people don’t know you can do this.

Anyway, the point was that Notepad is kind of lame, and hasn’t really changed in a while.  Sure, there’s lots of other Text editors out there, yada yada yada, but really what I want is a better Notepad.  No fancy toolbars, just Notepad++.

Now I’m using Notepad2 by Florian Balmer.  I’ve even renamed it to N.exe.  It’s really very nice.  It has lots of nice features, but here are the ones I care about:

  • Line Numbers
  • Long Line Indicator
  • Show Line Endings (CR vs. CRLF)
  • Transparent Mode (great with Always on Top)
  • Configurable Syntax Highlighting (all the obvious languages included)
  • Brace Matching
  • Zooming with Ctrl+Mousewheel

It’s definitely going on Scott’s Ultimate Tools List

About Scott

Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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