Notepad++ is a popular open source alternative and replacement for Notepad, the default Windows plain text editor. Notepad’s default text editor hasn’t received many updates over the years, but Microsoft recently revealed that it plans to offer updated versions with an enhanced feature set through its Microsoft Store.
Notepad++ has been the go-to application for many Windows users when it comes to plain text editing. Features that make it a better solution for many are its support for larger files and plugins, programming language support, advanced find and replace functionality and much more. The text editor quickly opens plain text files and is offered as a portable version or as an installer.
The latest major version of Notepad++, version 8.2, was released on January 1, 2022. It fixed a memory leak and introduced new features, including the much-requested exclude folder option for its search functionality in the files.
Notepad 8.3.2 is a bugfix release for the most part, but it also includes some improvements. The first improves program performance when outputting under specific configurations. Users who have noticed delays when closing Notepad++ while large files are open in the editor may benefit.
For those interested, the two settings that affected performance were the unchecked Remember current session for next launch and the default (single instance) checked.
Notepad++ users who open large files using the app may benefit from improved large file support. Files of 2 gigabytes or more benefit from the improvement. You can read it here if you are interested in the details of the patch.
Here is the full list of changes:
Fixed incorrect message when double-clicking on search results regression. (Fix #11215, #11106)
Regression fix: file cannot be saved if set to another charset before. (Fix #11238)
Fixed broken regression of UDL comments configuration input fields. (Fix #11239)
Fixed the UDL dialog box crashing issue on more than 30 UDLs created. (Fix #11257)
Add commands for sorting document tabs by name, path, type and size in the “Window” menu. (Fix #10393)
Add the NPPM_GETCURRENTLINESTR API and $(CURRENT_LINESTR) variable for RunDlg. (Fix #11216)
Supports better 2GB+ file (adapting cmdline and session file). (Fix #11213)
Fixed auto-complete sort order issue due to icon fx. (Fix #11233)
Refine auto-save session on exit behavior. (Fix #11249)
Improve performance on exit with some settings. (Fix #11219)
Fixed an issue with case insensitive autocomplete not working. (Fix #11187)
Fixed save issue (regression) with “Sysnative” alias in x86 binary. (Fix #11196)
Notepad++ 8.3.2 is available for download from the project’s official website. You’ll also find a list of release changes and links to issues pages on GitHub.
Now you: Which text editor do you prefer, and why?