[Tools] Switched to Notepad++, here's my C# syntax file - Jon Galloway

[Tools] Switched to Notepad++, here's my C# syntax file

I replaced Notepad with Notepad2 on all my computers when Roy Osherove recommended it back in 2004. I've really appreciated it - it's small and lightweight like Notepad, but has some great features like syntax highlighting, block selection, and regular expression search.

A week ago, Jeff Atwood sent a funny e-mail about a Notepad2 dialog that annoyed him. It didn't bug me at all, but it got me curious about other notepad replacements. I took a look at Notepad++ and immediately made the switch.

Notepad++ (simple)

The main feature that drew me in was the multiple document (tabbed) interface - you can see in the shot above that I've got three documents open. Simple enough, but it really cuts down on the clutter. Once I started using Notepad++, though, it was the plugins that blew me away. The big plugin is TextFX (included, no separate install necessary), which turns this simple notepad into the Swiss Army Knife of text editors:

Notepad++

Now, don't go freaking out that this is too complicated - remember, this stuff's available in a menu if you want it, but if you want simple just look at the first screenshot and pretend I never showed you the second.

I wrote a quick Notepad++ autocomplete file for C# which includes most of the keywords, commands, and common namespaces.

Published Saturday, August 19, 2006 7:39 PM by Jon Galloway

Comments

# re: [Tools] Switched to Notepad++, here's my C# syntax file

Made the switch myself a few months ago and haven't looked back, excellent text editor.

Saturday, August 19, 2006 8:56 PM by jayson knight

# re: [Tools] Switched to Notepad++, here's my C# syntax file

I often use np++ to read or quickly edit a c# file. Many thanks for the syntax file.

Sunday, August 20, 2006 8:07 AM by OmegaSupreme

# re: [Tools] Switched to Notepad++, here's my C# syntax file

cool stuff!

i saw this one on its early stage but forgot about.. they did a great job on it!

Sunday, August 20, 2006 5:13 PM by Keith Rull

# re: [Tools] Switched to Notepad++, here's my C# syntax file

I use this tool all the time.  I do it to quickly review C# code and view/edit XML files.  If it only had Intellisense....oh the dreams!

Sunday, August 20, 2006 9:13 PM by Conrad Agramont

# re: [Tools] Switched to Notepad++, here's my C# syntax file

thx for that c# autocompletion plugin ,

1 more reason why to use notepad ++

panchi

Friday, September 29, 2006 10:15 AM by panchi

# re: [Tools] Switched to Notepad++, here's my C# syntax file

Does there exist an aspx syntax file for npp++?

Monday, March 3, 2008 7:07 AM by Marius

# re: [Tools] Switched to Notepad++, here's my C# syntax file

Using Notepad++ yet, in 2013 ?

Monday, March 4, 2013 8:39 AM by kiquenetavalne