I was using Notepad 2 along with Notepad++. Notepad++ is feature richer but it lacks of an x64 build, while Notepad 2 obviously lacks of lots of features.
A few days along, I came across AkelPad by Internet search, and now I am happy with it except the following facts,
- The developers are not Windows UAC aware. As this application is not designed for Windows Vista and above, you have to install it to a safe place, such as D:\AkelPad on my machine. In this way you will hit less issues.
- The installer sucks as it tries to replace Notepad.exe in the copy and replace manner. Please don’t use the replace Notepad mode while installing it. Later I will share a tip on how to replace Notepad in a much better way.
- There is no shell extension to bind to Windows Explorer context menu like Notepad++. Cannot imagine why not.
So please follow the tips to resolve the cons if you feel the same,
A better way is to use a registry key hack (Process Explorer uses this approach too),
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Optionsnode, and add a new key
- Add a string value to this new key, and pointed to the path of AkelPad.exe with
/Z, such as
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shellnode, and add a new key named
Open with AkelPad.
- Under this new key, add
commandas a new key.
- Change the
(Default)value to the path of AkelPad.exe with
%1, such as
|By default, syntax highlighting is not enabled, so you need to click Options||Plug-ins menu item, and then enable them in Plugins window.|
Hope you like AkelPad. If you have any comments, you may join its forum.