If you owned a computer any time on the 1980s, you probably used Notepad and you were probably blown away by its amazing features. Then Word came along, and you promptly forgot that Windows machines even come with Notepad. Unless you’re writing code, that is.

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Notepad++, based on C++, is a code editor’s dream come true. Based on  Scintilla‘s powerful editing component, it uses pure Win32 API and STL to produce a higher workflow speed while using less memory overall.

That’s great and all, but how does this translate into changing the world? Just ask the developers: “By optimizing as many routines as possible without losing user friendliness, Notepad++ is trying to reduce the world carbon dioxide emissions. When using less CPU power, the PC can throttle down and reduce power consumption, resulting in a greener environment.”

The developer’s commitment to free not only means you can grab this tool whenever you want to, but the permission to translate it into your own language (if it’s not already supported) is right there on their website. By that we don’t just mean the way you speak, either; Notepad++ is already compatible with 27 different programming languages.

“But wait, I’m not writing code!” That’s no problem, since the program is still an uber-capable but lightweight version of the old Notepad standby, only it comes with a facelift that’s sure to make it one of your go-to tools.

So what’s new in their most recent update? Plenty. There are two different choices for the default directory, and there’s a really great plug-in manager. You can also set up the program in such as to be optimized for running from a USB drive.

However you choose to use it, there’s little doubt that everyone can find a use for it. To take it for a test drive or just grab a quick a look at it, download it from FileHippo by clicking HERE.