If you have been around computers for very long, especially involved with Internet marketing, you have no doubt had occasion to use the Windows default notepad. Such as when you want to right click on a web page and select 'View Page Source' this opens the HTML source code of the page in notepad.

As handy as notepad is to use, it has very few features built in. Not the least of which it shares with its cousin wordpad. That is that neither has a spell checker. So, for instance, if you create an article or blog post in notepad you will still need to open another utility, like an office word program, and copy and paste your work to check your spelling.

And that means switching back and forth from one to the other as corrections are required. Not to mention some very unusual formatting should you try to copy from the word document. Copy a word document into an HTML editor and view the source to see what I mean, if you have never done that. Wouldn't it just be so much easier to complete the task in a single utility?

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One such utility is Notepad++. Notepad can easily assume the duties of creating your articles and blog posts with no unwanted background coding. As well as open and edit HTML and PHP files; check your edited files through W3C directly; open your edited files in your default browser or another of your choosing; and check your spelling. But, not your grammar.

But, I'm not suggesting Notepad++ simply because it has a built in spell checker. Nor am I suggesting that Notepad++ is a replacement for notepad. It is simply an excellent tool when you need something that is much, much more than notepad or wordpad.

Notepad++ is a free and open source source code editor that supports several programming languages. These include, but are not limited to, C, C++, Java, C#, XML, HTML, PHP, JavaScript, SQL, CSS and more, running in the MS Windows environment.

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It offers a user interface that is much friendlier than some of its competitors. It has a familiar row of icons with their mouse-over labels that sits at the top, and one row of tabs is just below that. All of the coding tools live in the menu bar. It has support for tabs so that you can edit several documents at once.

Notepad++ offers many features, far too many to list here and has support for over 100 plug-ins.  This makes Notepad++ a very versatile tool. Plus, Notepad++ is available in several languages with documentation on translating into your own native language if it is not found on the Binary Translations page.

With all of the built in features and capabilities of Notepad++, it may sound a bit over the top for the average user. Well, the truth is, no! Once you get in there and look around, you will find many familiar tools and features from several different utilities combined into one.

You can open your work in your favorite browser to see how it looks online. It has all of the usual features you would expect from a text editor, such as find and replace, text wrap and word count. Plus, when you have finished your document, you can copy and paste right into your blog editor without a lot of background code or formatting. It will also add up numbers for you.

Since Notepad++ is a source code editing tool, you use it just like an HTML editor. It has numbered lines, just like your HTML editor and can be set to be the default HTML viewer when you pull a page source from your browser or need to edit web pages.

All in all, Notepad++ is a very handy open source software tool to add to your Internet marketing toolbox. Which, by now I suppose, is getting pretty full. But, before we close the lid, I have one more suggestion for you.

And, frankly, it is a tool that many may find a bit too intimidating. However, it is a tool that I feel you should made be aware of, just in case. It's called EasyPHP!

Till next time!

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