Editor: Notepad plus plus
Notepad++ is a simple editor with a Notepad-like interface but also with features such as a tabbed view, varied syntax highlighting themes and document compare tools which make it much nicer and much more useful, even for basic text writing and editing. It is available in many languages, included by default, and can also automatically recognize many programming languages.
- To make sure you're using spaces and not tabs for indents, go to Settings/Preferences/Language Menu&Tab Settings and check 'Replace by space' on the right side.
- To make sure white spaces and tabs are always displayed, go to View/Special Characters and check 'Show White Space and Tab'.
- To deactivate the auto-indentation, go to Settings/Preferences/Misc and uncheck 'Auto-indent'.
Editing Syntax Highlight Themes
- To permanently change the default values of your theme, you can edit the .xml file, save it to another folder then cut/paste it again in the right folder; it won't let you save it otherwise. You may need Administrator rights to do this.