Edit your text with ease
TextPad is a text editor tool that allows you to type, paste, and edit plain text. Developed by Helios Software Solutions, this program is designed for Microsoft Windows and its various office suites. It’s similar to Notepad and you can use it to work with codes or word processors without having to open multiple windows. There’s a free trial available that showcases its core features.
Designed for quick editing
If you’re looking for an easier option when it comes to dealing with text, then plain text editors are recommended. They don’t need much of a tutorial, unless you really need to learn something specific, if not then you can just start typing or copy-pasting data onto the program. Notepad is a popular choice due to its simplistic and straightforward interface, but it lacks some more advanced features that veteran text editors may need.
TextPad, on the other hand, has more on its plate that may appeal to developers and programmers. It has basic features such as a regular expression-based “Find and Replace” functionality, block indents, automatic code indentation, syntax highlighting, and clipboard history. It also has a macro-recording feature and CUA-compliant keyboard commands. Plus, it has automatic integration with Java JDK if you have that installed already.
This program also supports large files, loads them faster than most text editors, and allows you to work simultaneously on multiple files. In case you’re getting lost within the text, you can use bookmarks or Warm Start to come back to where you left off after exiting. TextPad supports UNC-style names and is available in several languages. Its best feature, however, is its clipboard history and clip library function—a sidebar containing copied text.
How do I download TextPad?
The zipped setup.exe files that you will download contains the TextPad program. The first user interface that it provides is in English. Furthermore, a dictionary to double-check spelling is also presented. If by chance the online help you have is not available in your given language, the English one will automatically be served to you. On top of that, its offered file is highly-secured, as all of its executable files are ensured to be digitally signed.
Once you have downloaded the ZIP file, you will have to extract the EXE file first before running it. Afterward, on-screen instructions will then be displayed for you to meticulously follow. Bear in mind though that this program is not advisable to be installed in both the 32-bit and 64-bit editions on the same computer. When you decide to upgrade from the previous major release, the installation process will try its best to preserve your current settings.
Not the best but still great
All in all, TextPad is a versatile program for plain text editing. Its user interface isn’t the best to look at with its outdated design, but the features are quite helpful and still make it a tough contender against other professional text editors. It’s not free like Notepad and its other versions, but some of its tools work better for specific tasks such as coding and working on huge text documents.