Replace Windows Notepad with Notepad Plus Plus advanced plain text editor

Notepad++ is a free source code editor and MS Windows Notepad replacement.

Fortunately there are available a lot of advanced plain text editors, and this one is among the best. My only complaint is the way it searches, forcing you to choose one direction at a time.

Features: Syntax Highlighting and Syntax Folding; WYSIWYG; User Defined Syntax Highlighting; Auto-completion; edit several documents at the same time; two views at same time; Regular Expression Search/Replace; Drag ‘N’ Drop; File Status Auto-detection; lots of plugins;

Zoom in and zoom out; Multi-Language environment; Bookmarks; Brace and Indent guideline Highlighting; Macro recording and playback.