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Metapad v3.6

Midas on 26 Jan 2016
  • 190KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 28 May 2011
  • Suggested by mjbdiver

Metapad is a small and fast text editor designed to replace Notepad with features including persistent window placement, dirty file notification, intelligent Find and Replace, external viewer support, usable accelerator keys, dual customizable font support, auto-indent mode, seamless UNIX text file support, no file size limit under Win9x, hyperlink support, etc.

Runs on: Win95 / Win98 / WinNT / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Windows registry
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: GPL
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Create an empty text file within the same folder
  3. Rename this file metapad.ini
  4. Launch metapad.exe
Similar/alternative apps: EditPad Lite
What's new?
  • portability mode: store/load all settings from metapad.ini
  • new high resolution app icon
  • now remembers last open/save folder with option to disable
  • minor UI/usability updates
  • better defaults for general settings
  • UTF-8 file support (provided by David Millis)
  • fixed shift+enter bug (provided by Curtis Bright)
  • fixed convert to title case bug with apostrophes
Latest comments
Wolfghost on 2011-06-15 17:13

This one rocks !! Thanks :) Works with Win7 64bit too !

bawldiggle on 2019-10-16 21:29

Have been using Metapad and then Metapad360 for 15+ years
The range of text formatting tools are amazing.
My fav is "quote" Alt+Q, which inserts your custom string at col.1 of all selected lines/paragraphs/pages. Notepad++ does a similar thing BUT not all in col.1 ... Metapad makes it much easier to spot the "quoted" lines.
I am using "'o" , without the quotes, as my quote string.

bawldiggle on 2019-10-16 22:18

Forget to mention the "stickies" feature ...
10 shortcuts (Quick buffers) to paste your custom single line strings onto Metapad docs ...
** Settings (dlg) Buffers & Languages (tab/page)
hot keys Alt+<num> ... where <num> is (querty) 0 to 9
selected text on saved file Metapad (config) -> Alt+Shift+<num> (ie qwerty-num)

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SavageEd v1.4.6 Updated

billon on 17 Sep 2020
  • 132KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 29 Nov 2010
  • Suggested by Fluffy Bot

SavageEd is a very small and fast Windows notepad replacement written in assembly language. It can edit files of any size, limited only by memory.

SavageEd2 is also available with more features.

NOTE: Website is gone, linking to Internet Archive Wayback Machine

Runs on: WinAll
Writes settings to: Application folder
Make sure you select Options, Save Configuration, Use Private Profile to activate this.
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: No
License: Freeware/Open Source
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch SavageEd.exe.
Latest comments
Ludwig von Drake on 2010-05-28 18:51

Crashes whenever I try to open a file, either through the File menu, or via the Ctrl-O keyboard shortcut. It does this on both of my PCs (XP Pro SP3).

ChemZ on 2011-03-27 21:23

SavageEd2 v0.02.00 beta is available for testing. New features:
- Pattern searching
- AES encryption with 256 bit key (32 characters)
- Auto save and quick ESC exit
- Dual direction LOG files (append updates to 'end of file' or 'top of file')
- Saves up to 20 recent files

donald on 2011-11-14 08:27

The software Author has stated that the original SavageEd will no longer be developed, but that SavageEd2 will.

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Win32Pad v1.5.10.4

webfork on 28 Feb 2017
  • 89KB (uncompressed)
  • Suggested by 4sydney

Win32Pad is a small Notepad replacement with a number of additional features, such as recent file list, line numbering, auto indent etc. It can deal with both Windows and Unix text file formats, and file size is limited only by the available memory. It can also be minimized to the system tray.

Runs on: Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: UNICOWS.DLL (for Win9x/ME) SHFOLDER.DLL for (Win9x/NT) RICHED20.DLL
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Partial. It is unable to deal with Unicode filenames, but is able to display Unicode content.
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Create an empty file called "win32pad.ini" in the same folder. Launch win32pad.exe.
Latest comments
Midas on 2010-02-05 23:41

My current preferred notepad replacement, after swapping the hideous default icon with the the vanilla one from notepad (TY, ResHack). Shame it doesn't do text case conversions, then it would be perfect -- as it is, I use a well known commercial editor for heavy duty text editing and nfoPad (totally portable from v1.56, see post @ for nfo file viewing. For the rest, Win32Pad is lightning fast and perfectly fit for the common text checking/light editing tasks. I don't hesitate to recommend it!

Pax on 2010-12-27 03:37

@Midas, re: viewers for ANSI art (code page 437, extended ASCII)

Just thought I'd mention that some of these viewers contain translation fonts. A while back I extracted an ANSI/NFO viewer (don't recall which one... maybe getDiz), located the fonts and placed them in my system/fonts directory. This makes any editor ANSI-capable because the work is being done by an external font.

Thought I'd mention it in case your main editor supports font-toggling (toolbar button allowing a quick switch between two system fonts, example: metapad) in order to avoid switching editors just to view some of the text 'graphics'.

Midas on 2012-04-20 11:19

@Pax: great tip. Still, I'll be keeping NFOPad ( 'cause it's convenient and I sometimes make adjustments to viewed files...

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fSekrit v1.4

smaragdus on 25 May 2018
  • 57KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 3 Dec 2009
  • Suggested by dasfx

fSekrit is a notepad that encrypts saved information in self-contained executable (.EXE) files. Created files don't need fSekrit and can be access by simply double-clicking the item and entering the correct password.

Uses the widely recognized 256-bit AES encryption and unencrypted data is never saved to disk, making it even more secure.

Functional in 64-bit.

Runs on: Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP
Writes settings to: None
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: No
License: Freeware/Open Source (github)
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice.
  2. Create a new file called fSekrit.portable
  3. Launch fSekrit.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: CryptoTE
What's new? - fixed: long-standing bug where failing to save changes when closing fSekrit
with a modified document would cause fSekrit to exit, rather than notifying of
error and let user attempt to save again.
- fixed: saves are *finally* done properly, by saving to a temporary file and
replacing the current file only when all the file writing business is done.
- added: font selection dialog, no longer do you need to much around with the
registry to set another default font. The font is still not stored in your
document, though, and is single global per-user registry setting.
- added: "portable" mode, which (for now) means it will not use %TEMP% to store
it's temporary editor executable, but instead store it in the same folder as
the opened document. Registry is still used for font selection, though!
To enabel this feature, create a file called "fSekrit.portable" in the same
folder as the document you want to function in portable mode.
- added: URLs are now recognized and turned into hyperlinks.
- fixed: Read-only notes should be a lot more sane - changed from confusing
"make read-only" that half-worked to "Save As Read-only" that works :)
- fixed: Win9x and NT4 support has been broken since version 1.35. Release builds
are now done with an older compiler toolchain, and 9x/NT4 support is back :)
Latest comments
Sherman J on 2018-05-25 16:10

You can easily get the fsekrit program from the wayback machine at: it says it is also valid for Win7 use.

Sherman J on 2018-05-26 12:56

I found that the version of the zip for fsekrit on the waybackmachine for 2015 is valid at 49kbytes size, the some in later snapshots are only 10kbytes and do not work.

smaragdus on 2018-05-26 18:53

@Sherman J
You do not need to download fSekrit from The Internet Archive, you can get it from its official website.

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Q-Jot v5.9.1

__philippe on 5 Apr 2017
  • 614KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 14 Dec 2008
  • Suggested by Kenny

QJot is a rich text editor and WordPad replacement that can open various Word, Works, HTML, and even WordPerfect files. It also supports rich Unicode text and images and can 'Recover Text from Any File'. Saves to RTF, TXT, HTML formats, various DOC file formats, and WordPerfect.

Download link offline; linking to Softpedia.

Runs on: Win2K / WinXP
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: No
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice Launch QJot.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: AbiWord, Jarte
What's new?
  • Fixed line spacing bug.
Latest comments
donald on 2014-06-28 05:51

download link is broken

smaragdus on 2015-09-05 21:03

The actual QJot web page address-

webfork on 2015-09-06 01:51

smaragdus: thanks, updated

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