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I'm looking for a single exe text editor, similar to Notepad.

I don't need any fancy features, as long as it's a single exe file that doesn't need to be installed and can run from the desktop or a flash drive.

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Are you looking for features that aren't offered by Notepad and Wordpad, and if so, which? – Daniel Beck May 8 '11 at 16:25

Notepad2, because it's simple.

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+1, best notepad-like editor i've seen so far – Petr Abdulin May 8 '11 at 18:02
+1; It also has an option to completely replace notepad on your system, which is really good as I'm in the habit of typing [WIN]+[R] notepad [ENTER], to launch notepad(2). – Bryan May 8 '11 at 19:25


I think one of the most powerful text editors out there is Notepad++, which also has a portable version.

Notepad++ Portable is the handy Notepad++ text editor packaged as a portable app so you can do your development on the go. It has all the same great features of Notepad++ including support for multiple languages and an extensive plugin system, but there's nothing to install.

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EditPad Lite

Also, there's EditPad Lite, which has a portable installation option.

EditPad Lite is a general-purpose text editor, designed to be small and compact, yet offer all the functionality you expect from a basic text editor.

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I've used both, but generally I definitely prefer Notepad++ because it's very feature rich.

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I use this all the time, "Win32Pad" .

I have not used this, but if I were to give up on Win32Pad (never!), then I would look into this one, "Metapad" .

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SciTE is the one I have been using for a very long time now. Simple text editor with syntax highlighting for virtually every programming language out there, column edit and lots of other things.

A single file executable called Sc1 (750K) does not need any DLL or properties files as these are linked into the executable. You may still create properties files if you wish

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