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Notepad2 is an open-source text editor for Microsoft Windows, released under a BSD software license. It is written by Florian Balmer using the Scintilla editor component, and it was first publicly released in April 2004. Balmer based Notepad2 on the principles of Microsoft Notepad: small, fast, and usable.

It features syntax highlighting for many programming languages: ASP, Assembly, C, C++, C#, Common Gateway Interface (CGI), CSS, HTML, Java, JavaScript, NSIS, Pascal, Perl, PHP, Python, SQL, Visual Basic (VB), VBScript, XHTML, and XML. It also features syntax highlighting for the following file formats: BAT, DIFF, INF, INI, REG, and configuration files (.properties).

Notepad2 also has several other features:

  • Auto indentation
  • Bracket matching
  • Encoding conversion between ASCII, UTF-8, and UTF-16 formats
  • Multiple undo/redo; rectangular block selection
  • Newline conversion, between DOS (CR/LF), Unix (LF), and Macintosh (CR) formats
  • Regular expression-based find and replace

Balmer has stated that some features will probably never be implemented in Notepad2, as they are beyond his design goal of a simple Notepad-like application. These include Notepad2's most requested feature, a multiple document interface. Other missing features such as code folding, file associations, x64 build and bookmarks are available through modifications, linked from the homepage.

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