Notepad++: The best free text editor for Windows

If you’ve ever tried to open a text file in Windows that was not a Word Doc, you’ve no doubt been smacked in the face by the abomination known as Notepad.

Notepad is Windows’ built-in text editor. At this point, I think the program has not been changed since… forever. And it shows.

Notepad is slow, it has almost no features, and generally people just pray until they’re done doing what they need to do just so they can close down that flaming pile of garbage.

As it happens, there’s a great all-purpose text editor you can download for free, and it’s WAAAAY better than Notepad.