Best Text Editors for Windows (2018)


  • Source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages.
  • Lightweight, Custom Language Definitions, Auto-saving, Autocompletion.



  • You can customize to do anything, but also use productively on the first day without ever touching a config file.
  • Modern, approachable, and hackable to the core.


Sublime Text

  • Sophisticated text editor for code, html and prose – any kind of text file.



  • Vim (“Vi IMproved”) is an advanced text editor that allows syntax highlighting, word completion and has a huge amount of contributed content.


GNU Emacs

  • Extensible, customizable text editor—and more.
  • At its core is an interpreter for Emacs Lisp, a dialect of the Lisp programming language with extensions.



  • Fast and light-weight Notepad-like text editor with syntax highlighting.
  • Discontinued The program is no longer updated. Latest version, 4.2.25, released on October 28, 2012.


Text Edit Plus

  • Edit text files, generate word lists, quick stats and more.
  • Designed as an alternative to Notepad, by offering a wider set of features.

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