Notepad++ is definitely one of the best text editors for Windows, and pretty soon it will be getting even better. The new Notepad++ 5.0 is currently in Beta, and it includes a feature I’ve been waiting a long time for: auto-completion! As you can see in the screenshot above I was writing a bit of HTML, and as I started to close the “center” tag it offered to auto-complete it for me. Simply pressing the Tab or Enter key would have inserted the current recommendation.
This feature is disabled by default, but a quick trip to the Preferences will get you using the new auto-complete feature in no time at all. Go to Settings -> Preferences, and switch to the Backup/Auto-competion tab. At the bottom of that screen you’ll see where you can enable auto-completion, and you can optionally turn on the “show function parameters” feature as well. What’s that do? Here’s an example of me using a PHP function, and you’ll notice that it gives me a friendly reminder of the parameters the function takes:
From a coder’s point of view this text editor just got taken to a whole new level. Let us know in the comments if you’re as excited as I am to see this feature.