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Screenshot of version 4.1.24
Developer(s) Florian Balmer
Initial release April 15, 2004 (2004-04-15)
Stable release 4.2.25 (6 May 2011 (2011-05-06))
Preview release 5.0.26-beta4 (28 October 2012 (2012-10-28))
Written in C
Operating system Windows
Platform IA-32, x64
Size 305–371 KB
Available in English[1]
Type Text editor
License BSD
Website .html/

Notepad2 is a free and open-source text editor for Microsoft Windows, released under a BSD software license. It was written by Florian Balmer using the Scintilla editor component, and it was first publicly released in April 2004. Balmer based Notepad2 on the principles of Notepad: small, fast, and usable.

It features syntax highlighting for many programming languages: ASP, assembly language, C, C++, C#, Common Gateway Interface (CGI), Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), HTML, Java, JavaScript, NSIS, Pascal, Perl, PHP, Python, SQL, Visual Basic (VB), VBScript, XHTML, and XML. It also features syntax highlighting for the following file formats: BAT, DIFF, INF, INI, REG, and configuration files (.properties).[2]

Notepad2 also has several other features:

Balmer has stated that some features will probably never be implemented in Notepad2, as they are beyond his design goal of a simple Notepad-like application. These include Notepad2's most requested feature, a multiple document interface.[3] Other missing features such as code folding, file associations and bookmarks are available through modifications, linked from the homepage. Starting with version 4.2.25-rc6, an x64 build is also offered.[2]


  • Notable bugs 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Notable bugs

Notepad2 is affected by the Bush hid the facts bug.

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ a b
  3. ^ Notepad2 FAQ: Will Notepad2 ever have a tabbed multiple document interface?

External links

  • Official website
  • Notepad2-mod: a recent fork of Notepad2
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