Notepad3 Portable v5.20.915.1      

Size:  10.2MB

License:   FREE

Publisher:  Publisher | Listed Programs

Release Date:   2020-09-16  | Changelog

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OS:  Windows 7/8/8.1/10 (32-Bit/64-Bit)

Downloads:   7361

Popularity:   Popularity:0/10



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Though the Windows operating system has evolved significantly over the years, there's still one mainstay that we're all used to by now: Notepad. Surprisingly, the program has largely gone unchanged in spite of the differences that have come to the Windows system, meaning it's still very basic and lacks rich features. There was a minor update to it over a decade ago, but those who need a text editor that can be used for programming and other tasks know that using Notepad alone just doesn't cut it. Fortunately, there's a free replacement option equipped with features that Notepad currently lacks: Notepad3.

Using Notepad3

Notepad3 is a lightweight program that's based on Scintilla, so downloading and installing it is a breeze. During the quick installation you'll have the option to replace Notepad with Notepad3 in your PC's registry, if you prefer. When you launch the program you'll notice that its interface looks similar to Notepad's, making it user-friendly and familiar. However, the similarities end with appearances, because Notepad3 has a host of useful functions that its predecessor doesn't.

Not only does the text editor have syntax highlighting, it also has the ability to convert character encoding between various formats. Bracket matching, automatic indentation, and a find and replace command make Notepad3 a very handy tool that can easily be adapted for a number of uses. If you've ever tried to do any sort of programming with Notepad, you know it can be a serious pain. Notepad3 is a great program to use for all types of programming languages, from Visual Basic and ASP to C++, XHTML, and JavaScript.

Other standout features of Notepad3 include bookmark support, word auto-completion ability, code folding, and newline format conversion. Currently, the program is available for PCs running Windows XP (SP3), Vista, 7, 8, and 10. Best of all, it's totally free to download and use.


If you need a text editor with more features than Windows' Notepad, Notepad3 will likely exceed your expectations. It's lightweight, has a small memory footprint, and is highly versatile. You can use it in one moment to type out a grocery list, and then turn around and use it for full fledged programming. Notepad3 isn't merely an add-on, it's a great replacement option. Give Notepad3 a try, and it's doubtful that you'll ever go back to the old standard.

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Notepad3 is an excellent replacement for the default Windows text editor.


"Ignore the hate"

Reviewer: -Goat Cheese

Review Date: 2018-04-28

Pros: Very fast text editor that can replace Windows OEM notepad app. Syntax is very good, and syntax is easily customizable for mostly commonly used file formats. @"One star reviewer." The purpose of np3encrypt.exe is explained on the website. Plus I would think using Windows XP is a bigger security issued than any file in this program.

Cons: Larger footprint that Notepad2

Other Thoughts: Folks have complained that this app rips off Notepad2, without giving credit to the creator of Notepad2


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