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Does anyone know of a simple text file editor where I could set a folder that contains my text files that I use to keep notes of things and it will display them in a pane on the side and allow me to edit each one in a pane next to it?

It isn't for coding or anything and I don't need anything too fancy.


I would appreciate people not down voting and marking as off's my topic...I decide what's off topic or not. What kind of community is this? Quite a rude one apparently, except for the lovely suggestions I received which I appreciate.

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You should rephrase your question to a more general question. Simple shopping recommendations are too much opinion based – nixda Jul 11 '13 at 10:39
Shopping? What are you talking about? – Mike Jul 12 '13 at 1:47
@Mike It's off-topic for the community here. (This is not a forum) If you read the FAQ, we try to focus on questions which have specific, accurate answers that are useful to other users and don't change with time. "Shopping questions", or questions asking for software or hardware recommendations (you're asking for people to recommend Text editors to you) are off topic because they generally only help one or a few people, and because software changes rapidly the answer also changes. These kinds of questions don't really fit well on stack exchange sites, so they get closed. Nothing personal. – Darth Android Jul 12 '13 at 2:15
@Darth Android Ok fair enough. In that case are there any appropriate stack exchange sites for questions like this? – Mike Jul 12 '13 at 22:28
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Primarly its not a text editor. Its a notes editor. (You mentioned that you want it for keeping notes)

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Head into the options and select Plain Text File (.txt) and a folder where to save
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  • clean & basic UI
  • supports portable mode
  • can be used together with Dropbox or simplenote
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This looks to be just what I was looking for – Mike Jul 11 '13 at 1:16

What your system?

You can Use the Notepad++ editor.

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Oops sorry. It's windows. I was looking for something a bit simpler than that but I will check it out – Mike Jul 10 '13 at 23:44
@Mike believe it or not, Notepad++ is as simple or complex as you want. – AthomSfere Jul 10 '13 at 23:50
@AthomSfere hmm well I've installed that plugin and now it won't even start.... It might be OK for what I need it for but I sometimes do use it for coding type stuff so I don't want to be messing around changing the folders and stuff I need to access. – Mike Jul 10 '13 at 23:58

Sorry to disappoint, but almost all of them with this feature are fancy.

Try Geany.

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Sorry if I'm being dense but do you know how to set the root folder for the pane on the left? – Mike Jul 10 '13 at 23:57
There's a configuration option for the plugin to have it follow the current file, and I believe that it should be saved from session to session normally. – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Jul 11 '13 at 0:00
Aaah got it sorted now. I'll see how I get on with this. – Mike Jul 11 '13 at 0:02

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