EditPad Lite has a lot of functionality that makes editing text files more convenient for you. A lot of this does not sound very impressive or even works behind the scenes, but you will surely appreciate it when you need it. These are only a small number of EditPad Lite’s many little features that make heavy text editing a breeze.
EditPad Lite can edit text in any script supported by Windows, including right-to-left scripts such as Hebrew and Arabic and complex scripts such as the Indic scripts. EditPad Lite can also force left-to-right text to be strictly monospaced, even when using a font that isn’t monospaced, so your columns always line up perfectly.
If you need to type in some special characters not available on your keyboard, you can use EditPad Lite’s character map to quickly insert them by double-clicking on them. Easily insert special symbols like the trademark or copyright symbol into your documents, or enter letters from a foreign script that your keyboard does not support. If you save your files as Unicode files, you can use any character known to humanity.
EditPad Lite edits all text files. Open text files saved on Linux, UNIX and Macintosh computers, or even text files from old DOS PCs or IBM mainframes. EditPad Lite preserves the file’s compatibility with those systems, unless you explicitly convert it. You’ll never have to worry about being unable to open a text file, and you’ll always be able to save your files in a format that people with less flexible text editors can read. EditPad Lite handles DOS/Windows, UNIX/Linux and Macintosh line breaks. Open and save text files encoded in Unicode (UTF-8, UTF-16 and UTF-32), any Windows code page, any ISO-8859 code page, and a variety of DOS, KOI8 and EBCDIC code pages. Convert files between any of these encodings.
With EditPad Lite you can easily open and edit many text files at the same time. There’s no limit. Many of EditPad Lite’s editing commands can work on all open files at once. Quickly switch between files by clicking on their tabs. Move back and forth with the handy “previous editing position” and “previously edited file” commands.
EditPad Lite sports one of the most extensive search-and-replace features of any text editor. Quickly find the part of the file you want to edit. Highlight matches, fold lines, and skip over matches and files. Instantly make many replacements throughout a (rectangular) selection, file, project, or all files in all projects. Use regular expressions and adaptive case options for powerful and dynamic search terms and replacements. Clever use of EditPad Lite’s search-and-replace can automate much tedious editing.
EditPad Lite’s Clip Collection makes it easy to keep a list of text snippets at your fingertips, ready to be inserted into the file’s you’re editing. Such a snippet can be a word, phrase, three paragraphs, half a book, or anything you want. Clips can consist of “before” and “after” parts to be inserted around a selection.
Don’t worry about saving files with EditPad Lite extensive auto-save and backup options. Choose how many backup copies you want to keep and/or for how long. The File History shows you the backup copies for the current file. You can easily open and compare backups, as well as save specific milestone copies. EditPad Lite’s unlimited undo and redo even allows you to undo changes after saving them.
EditPad Lite will highlight URLs (web site addresses) and email addresses in your text files. You can easily open the web site by double-clicking the URL in EditPad Lite. Of course, you can always turn this option off.
EditPad Lite normally does not include a spell checker. EditPad Pro does include a spell checker. The purchased version of EditPad Lite, however, includes EditPad Pro’s spell checker as a bonus feature. Word lists are available in many languages. You can tell EditPad Lite to point out misspelled words in the current file, current project, all open files, or just the selected text. Turn on Live Spelling to make EditPad Lite highlight misspelled words as you type.
“I have just downloaded your application and I must say that I am delighted. As a software developer myself - your application is easy to use, extremely well thought-through and I will continue to use it for editing my own development scripts.”
— James Laing
13 September 2011, United Kingdom
“I have been remiss in not sending this email sooner. I was turned on to EditPad Lite by a fellow coworker years ago. At the time, I did not anticipate how dependent I have become on this wonderful piece of software. I could not count the ways it has helped me.”
— Nick McCusker
23 March 2011, Colorado, USA