Text Editors


5  /  243 Reviews
Apr 8, 2021 Last updated


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# Change Log


Tab color is applied to the tab you call context menu

Set bookmarks by selection (menu Search) - sets unnumbered bookmarks to the begin and end of selected text

Interactive code clips - window respects high DPI settings

Color selector - height of color cell is higher for high DPI settings

Select text inside bookmarks (menu Edit) - select text according to nearest bookmarks above and bellow the cursor

Ruby - multiline strings

Project settings, Highlighter settings / Compiler, Tools settings - added possibility to set log encoding (OEM, ANSI / UTF-8)

First time run localization isn't taken from system, but from user OS localization

Autocomplete includes first bracket - new option in Program settings / Editor 2

New program actions aDOSFormat, aMACFormat, aUNIXFormat. It allows change line ends format in scripting, allows to assign shortcut

Sessions (File menu, Toolbar button) - PSPad remembers last session. Last session is selected in Session manager, last session is marked in menu items with star icon

New version check was moved into separate thread - it doesn't delay program start

Left panel - you need to keep CTRL when you want to undock Window as protection for unwanted undocking

Add Accent marks function works on selected text. Till now always on whole text

Search/Replace dialog - optimization - when you start with confirmation and answer Replace all, following replace process skips all drawing and will be lightning fast

Undo and Redo optimized for big change number

Exception - added support to send report for mail clients without Simple MAPI support


TextDifference - fixed in 64 bit version

Hex Editor - fix for 64b version

If dark skin was used, the content of help was unreadable (black font on dark background)

Search/Replace - in some cases cursor appear out of editor area

Open big file without running PSPad - wasn't possible to confirm dialog with keyboard

Runtime error after PSPad is closed

Code explorer - if docked in left panel, left panel always appear after start

Program start toolbar flickering

About program dialog with dark skin closes PSPad

Search broke highlight same occurences

Undo/Redo doesn't refresh editor state

Exception when a large number of files are open when starting the PSPad

Catch tool output from Link panel

User Highlighter - fix for case sensitive languages

Lot of fixes joined with skins and drawing

When first file tab was active when program was closed, it wasn't activated with next start

Autocomplete text color problem when Windows skin is set with dark color scheme

Ruby - section #{ ... } in string and string end

FTP - file list icons was too smal for high DPI

64b ends with "program stopped working" message in some cases

Ruby highlighter - class method was highlighted as label


PSPad is a well-known freeware editor among Microsoft® Windows® users. It was released for the first time in 2001 by Mr. Jan Fiala. Ever since new features were added with each new release. Nowadays, PSPad is one of the best choices when it comes down to many features and the variety of syntax highlighting profiles.

Since the number of features is overwhelming, those are just a couple of them: full HEX editor, support for Unicode, ANSI, ISO, OEM, auto correction, spell checking, undo-redo operations, and unlimited length. Save desktop session (resume your work) and work on several documents at the same time. Built-in FTP client, macro recorder and active scripting for automation purposes, integrated TiDy library, code explorer, export to RTF, HTML, TeX formats. Advanced search and replace function that will work in all open files, folders, and projects. View differences between data, presenting them using color highlighting with print preview, column block and Rectangular block selection, advanced line sorting and many other features. The editor is available in two formats: as a setup file (installer) and a portable version (zip archive). Please keep in mind that no version comes with spell check dictionaries and you have to download them separately from here.

Trademark Note 1: Microsoft®, Windows®, and other product names are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States or other countries.

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Important: Starting with 1st March 2015, PSPad is 100% clean, free of bundles, free of anything else that can be flagged as adware - so please give this editor a chance! Please support the author with a donation for his courage to stop using bundles. Even a small donation matters - please use the "Donate" button.

The installation process is fast, and you can run PSPad in a matter of seconds. As soon as you run PSPad for the first time, you might feel intimidated by the massive amount of features. Don't be; this editor has excellent support if you want to learn more about a feature check the HELP or FAQ sections. You can find almost everything you need to know about PSPad (including screenshots) such as entire chapters split on: necessary information, working with PSPad, menu description, customization and once again an FAQ section.

If you're a programmer, you will also discover that besides of a comprehensive text and code editor, PSPad is also an easy and excellent IDE which allows you to edit and parse compiler output, not to mention that it's a better alternative to many, similar commercial programs. I can't cover all program features in a short review. Also, the help and FAQ sections that I mentioned does a much better job.

Regular users might not know why they should use such an editor. Just a couple of tips that I can think of: as a much better alternative to the standard, plain text editors and even several Word-based applications. Think about the following features: multiple undo-redo, auto-correction, spell-checking, work with large files, save a desktop session and start from where you left off, and those are just a few of my favorites. As a conclusion, PSPad is one of the best, free editors for programmers, web developers and even for regular users that look for the perfect text and code editor. Please support it with a donation!

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