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:
Long Line Indicator
Show Line Endings (CR vs. CRLF)
Transparent Mode (great with Always on Top)
Configurable Syntax Highlighting (all the obvious languages included)
Zooming with Ctrl+Mousewheel
It’s definitely going on Scott’s Ultimate Tools List.