EditPlus Text/HTML Editor v3.11 review (Windows)

EditPlus Text/HTML Editor v3.11 Review

If you’re getting mighty miffed by having to do battle with basic Notepad application that ships with Windows whenever you’re looking to do some serious text/code editing, then, EditPlus for Windows could be worth a look.

It’s been our numero uno choice for writing stories for this website for some years now, replacing the bloat of Windows Word while still offering enough tools and features to keep things moving along speedily.

The program offers a tabbed, multiple document interface with window splitting and spell checking, plus find and replace and case conversion.

Although it lacks some of the smartypants features seen in fully featured writing programs like Word (there’s no grammar checker to be seen, for example), we found the lack of distracting glitz and gizmos helped us concentrate on the writing.

EditPlus Text/HTML Editor v3.11 Review

HTML and programming editor

As well as serving as a handy text editor – complete with spell checker and word count – the program offers a ton of powerful features for web authors and programmers, with syntax highlighting for HTML, CSS, PHP, ASP, Perl, C/C++, Java, JavaScript and VBScript.

A HTML editor toolbar gives quick access to a string of HTML tags with a built in browser letting you quickly preview web pages.

Other features related include FTP commands for uploading local files to FTP server, line number, ruler, URL highlighting, auto-completion, cliptext, column selection, powerful search and replace, multiple undo/redo and customisable keyboard shortcuts.

The interface is, as you might expect, nothing much to get excited about, although it’s unobtrusive enough in a ‘spirit of Windows 98’ sort of way and can be customised to within an inch of its life.

Now over ten years old, EditPlus hails from South Korea and remains supported by a fairly active user community who have contributed their own syntax libraries for free distribution.


We’ve been fans of this program for several years now, and use it for both writing and quick HTML/ programming edits. We find it fast, simple and intuitive to use and pretty much an essential app on our PC.
EditPlus Text/HTML Editor v3.11 Review

That said, the price tag is more than a little steep at $35, especially when compared to Notepad++ which offers most of the same features for absolutely nothing.

However, if you’re looking for an extremely powerful, hugely configurable editor in a streamlined, no-guff package (the program only weighs 1MB), then we recommend downloading the trial version and giving it a go.

There’s no doubting that it’s a bit pricey, but it is a bit good too.

Our verdict
Ease Of Use: 85%
Features: 85%
Interface: 80%
Speed: 90%
Value For Money: 60%
Overall: 77%


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2 Comments on “EditPlus Text/HTML Editor v3.11 review (Windows)”

  1. Ee lad, the kids of today don’t know they’re born. When I were a lad all we had wor ‘Edlin’ that only let yer edit one line at a time and no scrollin’ up an down. An’ we sat in a ‘ole in the road to do our editin’ of DOS (Orchestra plays Dvorak’s New World Symphony in the background)

  2. I’m still using vi on a regular basis, but when I’m not I’m using JEdit, cos it’s got fancy plugins that do what I need to do. Like SSH filesystem browsing. I’ve been using it so long I can’t be arsed to change tbh.

    I’ve got editplus on my home machine though and it’s fairly nifty for helping people with their websites. Trial’s probably run out by now though and it’s not something I’d be bothered to pay for. Who pays for non-os software nowadays anyway?

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