As many of you know I am always on the lookout for a good Notepad replacement, and generally I tend to always fall back to using Notepad++. It’s a solid application with a lot of great tools, but in some aspects Notepad++ is a big departure from the simplicity that the built-in Windows Notepad offers. If you feel the same way the free and portable TED Notepad may be more along the lines of what you’re looking for.
What really makes TED Notepad awesome is that it continues to stay as far away as possible from using sidebars, toolbars, and other graphical non-sense that would otherwise make the app start to feel like WordPad more so than Notepad. It doesn’t lack in features though. There are dozens of different text manipulation actions that can be performed, advanced find and replace with regular expression support, advanced auto-completion based on the content of the document, and it’s littered with more keyboard shortcuts than you could possibly remember.
I’ve had TED Notepad on my machine for a few weeks now, and while I do still switch over to Notepad++ occasionally TED Notepad has been standing strong as my primary Notepad replacement.
TED Notepad Homepage (Windows only; Freeware)