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Version: 8.02

Date: 2-2016



When just getting the job done is work enough, the last thing you need is to waste time having to learn yet another computer application. Your experience with other tools should be relevant to each new application, making it possible to sit down and use that new application right away.

That's why TextPad is so popular. Whether you simply need a powerful replacement for Notepad, a tool for editing your web pages, or a programming IDE, TextPad does what you want, the way you would expect.


TextPad is designed to provide the power and functionality to satisfy the most demanding text editing requirements. It can edit files up to the limits of virtual memory, and it will work with the 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows 10, 8.1, 7, Vista, XP and Server 2003, 2008 and 2012.

TextPad has been implemented according to the Windows user interface guidelines, so great attention has been paid to making it easy for both beginners and experienced users. In-context help is available for all commands, and in-context menus pop-up with the right mouse button. The Windows multiple document interface allows multiple files to be edited simultaneously, with up to 2 views on each file. Text can be dragged and dropped between files

In addition to the usual cut and paste capabilities, you can correct the most common typing errors with commands to change case, and transpose words, characters and lines. Other commands let you indent blocks of text, split or join lines, and insert whole files. Any change can be undone or redone, right back to the first one made. Visible bookmarks can be put on lines, and edit commands can be applied to lines with bookmarks.

Frequently used combinations of commands can be saved as keystroke macros, and the spelling checker has dictionaries for 10 languages.

It also has a customizable tools menu, and integral file compare and search commands, with hypertext jumps from the matched text to the corresponding line in the source file (ideal for integrating compilers).


  • Huge files can be edited, up to the limits of 32-bit virtual memory. See Specifications for the actual limits.
  • Supports Universal Naming Convention (UNC) style names, and long file names with spaces.
  • CUA compliant keyboard commands.
  • English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish user interfaces.
  • A spelling checker with dictionaries in 10 languages.
  • Multiple files can be simultaneously edited, with up to 2 views per file.
  • Warm Start feature lets you restart exactly where you left off.
  • In addition to the usual cut, copy and paste capabilities, selected text can be case shifted and block indented, and characters, words and lines can be transposed. Cut and copied text can be appended to the clipboard, as well as replacing its contents.
  • Text can be automatically word-wrapped at the margin, or at a specified column, if it does not fit on a line. In this mode, text can be split into separate lines where wrapping occurs, or lines can be intelligently joined, preserving paragraphs.
  • OLE2 drag and drop editing for copying and moving text between documents.
  • Unlimited undo/redo capability. The undo buffer can be optionally cleared when a file is saved, or by using the Mark Clean command.
  • Block (column) selection mode, and visible display of tabs and spaces.
  • A keystroke macro recorder, with up to 16 active macros.
  • Sorting, using up to 3 keys.
  • Text can be automatically aligned and indented, relative to the previous line, to aid block indentation.
  • The right mouse button pops up an in-context menu.
  • The cursor can be constrained to the text, or can be positioned freely in the document view.
  • Toolbar with fly-by usage hints, and an active status bar.
  • A powerful search/replace engine using UNIX-style regular expressions, with the power of editor macros. Sets of files in a directory tree can be searched, and text can be replaced in all open documents at once.
  • Incremental search toolbar for literal text.
  • Visible bookmarks can be placed on individual lines, and on all occurrences of a search pattern. Bookmarked lines can be cut, copied or deleted.
  • A built in file manager for fast file copying, renaming, deleting etc.
  • Print previewing, and printing with customizable headers/footers and page breaks.
  • Viewer for binary files using a hexadecimal display format.
  • Built in file comparison utility, and up to 16 user-defined tools with argument macros.
  • Hypertext links from file search and user tool output to the relevant source line.
  • DDE interface to other tools, such as MS Visual C++. The editor detects when an open file has been modified by another tool, and prompts you to reopen it.
  • What's new in version 8.02

    • Drag and drop to other applications did not work.
    • The application for TextPad.dde, in the registry, was TextPad.7 instead of TextPad.8.
    • Pasting multiple lines into a Find/Replace edit control didn't work.
    • If a line selected by double clicking in the left margin was searched for, its end of line characters should not have been included in the Find dialog box.
    • The height of the main window was reduced on restart, if the bottom was close to the taskbar.
    • Couldn't compare open files if "Keep files locked while editing them was set".
    • The code page for new documents was not initialised to its document class setting.
    • The BOM setting on Save As was overridden by the document class setting.
    • URLs were not highlighted in the text document class, unless they were preceded by white space.
    • The MS Surface pen could not be used for right clicks.
    • On high definition displays:
      - Item colour listbox text overlapped.
      - Font name listbox text overlapped.
      - The list of suggestions for spelling mistakes overlapped.
      - The font was too small in the Update License dialog box.
      - Visible space glyphs were too small.
      - Large toolbar icons are now automatically selected.
      - The initial size of docking panes for high definition displays was too small.
      - Increased the initial size of the help window.

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