Notepad2 v4.2.25

webfork on 20 Sep 2020
  • 677KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 28 Oct 2012
  • Suggested by justin

Notepad2 is a small and fast text editor with syntax highlighting for HTML and other common languages. It supports modeless find and replace dialogs, multi-line find and replace operations (using backslash expressions), optional file change notification, etc.

Runs on:Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: BSD
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch Notepad2.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: EditPad Lite
What's new?
  • - "Align Lines" with several options (Alt+J)
  • - "Modify Lines" supports several variables to insert numbers (Alt+M)
  • - "Sort Lines" (Alt+O) handles column sort (rectangular selection)
  • - "Sort Lines" also handles shuffle, remove duplicates and uniques
  • - "Merge Blank Lines" block command (Alt+Y)
  • - Use built-in Windows functionality for "Title Case" on Windows 7
  • - Convert between characters and hex codes (Ctrl+Alt+X, Ctrl+Alt+C)
  • - "Recode file as default encoding" (Ctrl+Shift+F)
  • - UTF-16 and UTF-16 BE formats are valid recoding options
  • - Enable case-insensitive searching for non-ASCII text
  • - Regex quantifier ? to match 0 or 1 times
  • - Regex quantifiers * and + available as non-greedy forms *? and +?
  • - Regex syntax for tagged regions simplified from \(...\) to (...)
  • - Updated HTML5 and CSS3 schemes according to current working drafts
  • - Updated Assembly scheme with x64 and SSE4 instructions
  • - Several minor updates to syntax schemes and keywords
  • - Merged caret styles into a single item and added "noblink" option
  • - /l and /l- cmd switches to control auto-reloading of modified files
  • - Ini-option to specify auto-reload timeout (see FAQ on my website)
  • - Support combination of /g and /m command line switches
  • - /o and /o- cmd switches to control "Always on top" option
  • - Copy window position to clipboard as cmd line switch (Ctrl+Shift+K)
  • - Move window to default position on current screen (Ctrl+Shift+P)
  • - Fixed Notepad .LOG feature (broken since 4.1.24)
  • - Launch command uses current file directory as working directory
  • - Don't lock any directories except the one containing Notepad2.exe
  • - Forward system MRU, taskbar and jump list behaviour to new windows
  • - Always show file name extensions (ignore Windows Explorer setting)
  • - Check availability of "Consolas" when set as default font
  • - Support a few more file variables (see FAQ on my website)
  • - Configure whether backspace should reformat indenting whitespace
  • - Transform backslashes function understands \u#### hex codes
  • - Several F2, F3 and F4 hotkeys work in find and replace dialogs
  • - Removed "Select Up" and "Select Down" buttons from find dialog
  • - Ini-options to block suppression of notification messages
  • - Simplified appearance of word wrap settings dialog
  • - Remapped "Unescape C Special Chars" to Ctrl+Alt+R (fix duplicate)
  • - Reloading keeps scrolling position more unerringly with word wrap
  • - Jumps with /g switch locate position more accurately with word wrap
  • - Various internal optimizations and fixes
  • - Improved look of disabled toolbar buttons on Windows XP and above
  • - Improved overall look of toolbar buttons on Windows 2k
  • - Lower frequency of NFS access delays by caching file display names
  • - Improved compatibility with Windows 7
  • - Released x64 build of Notepad2.exe
  • - Updated Scintilla library to 2.24

Full changelog is at

23 comments on Notepad2  The Portable Freeware Collection Latest Entries Feed

domestique 2013-10-25 00:27

I've tried them all over the years, including the modded version, but keep coming back to Flo's original. Small; fast; no distractions. Other notepad replacements often have too many options. The only thing I would add is a tabbed interface, but it's not a deal-breaker. Using the built-in Favourites and coupled with Flo's own metapath (, it's almost perfect for the way I work.


Midas 2012-07-01 01:24

There's now a x64 build of Notepad2. But can someone please explain to me how to get the "Open shell links" feature, so strings like or will launch when clicked in Notepad2?


outskirter 2011-12-08 04:07

I dropped Notepad++ in favor of this one. Notepad++ is rapidly turning into bloatware. Notepad2 does not need plugins for its features, and so it is faster and much more compact, while still full of useful features.

Someone mentioned AkelPad. Some of its plugins don't work too well, and the syntax highlighting of HTML files isn't nearly as good as that of Notepad2.


abacusFanboi 2011-05-08 09:16

metapad. ctrl+u to toggle 'transparent mode'. set 'transparency %' in settings.


Magibon 2011-03-09 23:26

There is an updated version of Kliu's Modded version:

I don't use it because it's unable to reuse the Taskbar Icon, even in Vista Compatibility mode.


Magibon 2011-03-09 23:25

I prefer the Modded version by Kliu:

he added a bunch of syntax support, transparency, cold folding, etc.

however, his version installs the '.ini' in "AppData/Roaming", to bypass Vista's Admin. Right's conflict.

Here's how i make it stealth:
- download '4.0.22-beta5'.
- run with /extract switch, to extract files without installing.
- delete everything except 'Notepad2.exe', and 'notepad2.ini'.
- Copy both files to desired folder and use.

If you want to replace Notepad with Notepad2:
Put this into txt file and save as '.reg', then double-click to add:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\notepad.exe]
"Debugger"="\"D:\\PortableApps\\Notepad2\\Notepad2.exe\" /z"

- Change the location to match yours.

64-Bit users must add a 2nd Reg Key:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\notepad.exe]
"Debugger"="\"D:\\PortableApps\\Notepad2\\Notepad2.exe\" /z"

- Again, change the location of Notepad2 to reflect yours.
- Now whenever you launch a text file or Notepad, it will launch Notepad2.
* also, if you are anal-retentive like me, and use the TaskBar Icon shortcut in Windows 7, Run Notepad2 in 'Vista' Compatibility Mode to force Notepad2 to reuse the Taskbar Icon.


ignatius 2010-10-19 06:07

I came to that StNotepad is releasing as StNotepad Touch with multi-touch gestures for all text editing actions like cut, copy, paste, delete, space, backspace, enter, tab, undo, redo, selectall etc... For more information visit

Lyx 2010-03-02 12:02

Wonderful simple little texteditor. If only it's support for syntax schemes were a bit more extensible (right now, you need to edit the sourcecode and recompile the app, just to add a syntax scheme).

Brooks 2010-01-15 06:04

I was looking for a notepad with Multitouch feature, to edit text in tablet mode on muli-touch tablet PC. I found that StNotepad 2 got this feature with very common and useful getures. Now I can edit text only with fingers no need of keyboard, mouse and stylus also.

ignatius 2009-10-22 04:46

I liked StNotepad very much, watch the video of it.

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