Below, TheFreeSite.com reviews the Web's best free text editors (all of which are vastly more feature-laden and useful than Windows' Notepad). Any of these programs makes for an excellent replacement for Notepad and can help save you time and make you more productive. Also, if you're using a large, commercial editor like Microsoft Word, you'll find that the freeware programs below often have many of the same useful features that the big commercial programs do. While they may not have all the bells and whistles (which you likely rarely use anyway), these programs load much quicker and are much easier on your system's resources.
A useful freeware text editor that offers nearly 200 text-processing functions, as well as many handy enhancements and tools. TED Notepad is lightweight, portable and fits on any USB flash disk. It loads instantly, with no installation required. (For Windows).
This handy free Web application lets you work with PDF files online, without having to download or install any software. Using PDFescape, you can open, read and edit PDF files and create new PDF forms.
A feature-packed freeware text editor from Switzerland, this program features a tabbed interface that lets you open and edit a virtually unlimited number of documents of any size. There's also an Editor Clipbook with templates for HTML tags, smilies, acronyms, etc., as well as management of favorite files and folders and drag & drop support. (For Windows).
Here's a text editing program from Belgium that makes a fine replacement for Windows' Notepad. Although there are similar programs that are more feature-laden, EditPad is a solid, crash-free program that loads quickly. It offers filters, text conversions, access to last 16 files opened, MAPI support (for E-mailing text) and more. Offered in many languages, including Danish, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, etc. Postcardware. (For Windows and Linux.)
One of the Web's classic free software programs, Notepad++ is a handy source code editor and Notepad replacement that uses little CPU power and is user friendly. It offers many features, including auto-completion, zoom, bookmarks, macro recording and playback, syntax highlighting, and more, as well as support for over 80 languages. (For Windows).
This helpful free clipboard utility can save you loads of work if you do a lot of repetitive typing. YC3 remembers the last 100 text entries to the clipboard. It also can save your clips between sessions. You may also make boilerplate/template files with your favorite clips and much more. (For Windows).
This utility could well help improve your writing skills. WordWeb is a free feature-packed thesaurus/dictionary that can be used from your word processor or as a stand-alone program. Note: be sure to read their licensing terms. (For Windows).
This free online service offers a quick and easy way to determine the number of words (or characters) in your text. You can either create a document here, or copy and paste text into the site's word counter box. Also, Word Counter automatically shows you the top 10 keywords and keyword density of the article you are writing.
An excellent free Web-based service that offers Microsoft Office-like functions, including a Microsoft Word-compatible word processor, a spreadsheet tool and Zoho Show, a program that offers PowerPoint-like features.