Notepad Replace offers more
Windows 7's built-in text editor looks a lot like Vista's default text editor...and XP's text editor...and Windows Me's...and Windows 98's.
One could say, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," but when it comes to basic text processing, you can do much better without having to pay for the privilege.
EditPad Lite, which is fast and compact but surprisingly powerful. The program features a tabbed interface and a simple set of icons for common operations,
such as cut, copy, paste, open, close, save, and save all. You can undo or redo the last several operations, jump to a specific line number, choose one of five fonts, and wrap text at the right window border or at
one of five preset character lengths.
The Lite version of EditPad lacks a spell checker, word count, and other standard word processing features. For these, you must upgrade to the $50 EditPad Pro
version. The Pro version includes many features tailored to programmers, such as syntax coloring and line numbering.
Many programmers prefer the $20 NoteTab Pro from Fookes Software (also available in a free NoteTab Light version, minus many features).
Another popular Notepad replacement with a programming bent is the aptly named Notepad++.