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Screenshot of version 4.1.24
Screenshot of version 4.1.24
Developer(s) Florian Balmer
Initial release April 15, 2004; 13 years ago (2004-04-15)
Stable release 4.2.25 (6 May 2011; 6 years ago (2011-05-06)) [±]
Preview release 5.0.26-beta4 (28 October 2012; 5 years ago (2012-10-28)) [±]
Repository Edit this at Wikidata
Written in C
Operating system Windows
Platform IA-32, x64
Size 305–371 KB
Available in English[1]
Type Text editor
License BSD

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 is not to be confused with three other Scintilla-based editors, the Programmer's Notepad, Programmer's Notepad 2 and Notepad++, or with the editor Notepad3.[2]

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).[3]

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.[4] 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.[3]

Notable bugs[edit]

Notepad2 is affected by the Bush hid the facts bug.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Balmer, Florian. "Notepad2 FAQ". Where are the translated versions of Notepad2?. Retrieved 21 May 2010. The expense of collecting, testing, packaging and hosting translated versions of Notepad2 was more than I felt happy with for my hobby project 
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b "Notepad2 Readme File". 
  4. ^ Notepad2 FAQ: Will Notepad2 ever have a tabbed multiple document interface?

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