EditPad Lite v7.3.7 Updated

Checker on 23 Feb 2015

EditPad Lite is a small and compact general-purpose text editor. It allows you to open many files simultaneously, and switch between them using tabs. It also supports many functions for text manipulation and conversion.

A 64-bit version is available. EditPad's installer now automatically installs a 64-bit version of EditPad on 64-bit Windows.

System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No. Creates HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\JGsoft on Windows 8.1.
Unicode support: Partial. Able to display Unicode text with the right font chosen, but unable to handle files with Unicode filenames.
License: Free for non-commercial use
How to extract:
  1. Download and run the installer
  2. Select the Create Portable Installation option
  3. Check treat all drives as removable drives and save to a drive of your choice. The program will save to the root of that drive.
  4. Optionally, move EditPadLite from the root to a folder of your choice
  5. Launch EditPadLite7.exe
Similar/alternative apps: Notepad++, NoteTab Light
What's new? Improvement:
  • File Types|Colors and Syntax: Palette editor color picker previews RGB values when the mouse hovers over a color.
Bug fixes:
  • Spell check: Romanian dictionaries did not show suggestions.
  • Windows 7: Maximizing EditPad, then minimizing all windows with Win+M, and then double-clicking a file in Windows Explorer brought up EditPad's window in its restored size (not maximized) if you had not previously minimized it from its maximized state by clicking the Minimize button on its caption bar.
  • Windows 7: Maximizing EditPad, then minimizing it, then restoring it unmaximized, and then double-clicking a file in Windows Explorer caused EditPad to maximize itself; this would continue until EditPad was minimized from its non-maximized state.
  • Windows 7: Maximizing EditPad, then minimizing it, then restoring it unmaximized, and then using a menu item like File|New that is available through EditPad's icon next to the system clock (even if that icon is disabled) caused EditPad to maximize itself; this would continue until EditPad was minimized from its non-maximized state.
  • Word wrap: Word wrapping broke lines at certain characters were it should not, such as the non-breaking hyphen.

17 comments on EditPad Lite  The Portable Freeware Collection Latest Entries Feed

Brial Mcneilly 2006-06-04 23:57

I would love to see EditPad Lite includes the option "Column select" to its feature-rich editor . This option is essential for an efficient editing of .nfo files .
Again, thanks for an elegant text editor !

Ale 2006-06-06 05:46

I didn't test by myself yet but the editor claims to support Unicode. Actually it should be one of the major improvements over the previous 5.x versions.

Andrew Lee 2006-06-07 06:14

I checked again. V6 is able to display Unicode text with the right font chosen, but it is not able to open files with Unicode filenames. I have updated the database entry to reflect this information.

dot 2006-09-07 18:00

URLs and email addresses don't seem to be clickable here (though there is a setting for them under Options > Configure File Types > Syntax & Navigation). URLs don't even get colored. email addresses get colored and change the mouse pointer, but don't start the email client, anyway. Maybe it's a restriction of the free version. I'd call this crippleware, then.

Cosmin 2006-09-09 02:33

The interface for search is kinda clumsy with versiob 6. It was actually better in the previous version.

Ancient Images 2007-05-21 09:42

I much prefer the old EditPad Lite 5x interface. Version 6 and above just really gets to me.

I realize there are issues of portability and unicode support, but I always keep around an old version of EditPad Lite 5.4.6, just in case I feel like switching off Notepad2 and using a multi-document interface.

If the author added support for skins, or even a "Classic" look (much the same way WordPerfect 11 lets me view files in white-on-blue classic mode) that'd be great!

L A R 2008-01-25 22:06

Any idea where I can find the older version of EditPad Lite? I foolishly deleted the file and the new one (6.0.3) keeps crashing.

Frank 2008-03-15 10:18

L A R, you can find old versions of EditPad Lite at www.oldware.org there's about 8 versions available.

Transcontinental 2009-03-18 00:46

The editor's choice (I'm editing my post). Am an EditPad user since its first releases, fast, feature-rich, even in its freeware version. Recommended :)

Kaleb 2009-09-22 00:14

So, why wouldn't we just click the portable install button rather than install it, copy it, then uninstall it? Is there any specific reason?

KingMudkip 2009-10-19 16:54

I've used the portable install & had no probs so I'm not sure why the instructions read that way. The only thing I can think of is that when you close the portable version via the 'X' button, it minimizes to the tray instead of actually closing. Maybe the install/copy/uninstall method prevents this.

Shodan 2010-03-02 18:20

It won't render RTF files. Enough said. I'll stick with Metapad, and you should try it too.

TH 2011-02-17 16:01

It appears to close normally if you go to Options - Preferences - System and uncheck Show EditPad icon in system tray


Michael D 2011-04-28 23:01

I was reading about this softwares before I want to get it and I come across your site from the other review at http://www.fortasse.com/product-reviews/best-windows-text-editor-editpad-lite-pro-review/

I really like it and thank you a lots for doing this post. It is good that it has compact version you can jsut run anywhere


smaragdus 2014-08-21 08:06

EditPad Lite 7.3.4 has been released.


Joe 2014-09-01 22:17

EditPad Lite 7 is NOT stealth.

I followed the instructions carefully and installed it on a flashdrive. I then moved the folder to my C drive. The minute I used it it created:

- a folder name JGsoft in C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming

- a registry entry name JGsoft in HKCU\Software

Please amend this entry to reflect the correct status.


Midas 2015-03-02 15:55

I got none of the traces pointed by user Joe in Windows 7 Enterprise x64 SP1.

OTOH, EditPad Lite starting tips claim: "EditPad fully supports Unicode, all Windows and all ISO-8859 text file encodings. It also supports many DOS, Mac, EUC, KOI8, EBCDIC, and other legacy encodings."

Can someone please confirm that the stated Unicode limitations are no longer valid?


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