Notepad alternative?

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  1. ErikAlbert

    ErikAlbert Registered Member

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    I need something like Notepad, but with a setting that allows me to specify a default folder.
    Something like "D:\My Documents\Notepad\", where my notepad-files are stored.

    Notepad doesn't have such a setting and it opens anywhere on my computer, except the right folder.
    Each time I want to save or open a notepad-file, I have to go to the right folder myself and I'm tired of doing this, because I use Notepad alot for temporary notes.

    If anyone uses such an editor, call it by name and I do the rest.
    It would save me time, because Internet is FULL of editors.
    Thank you in advance.
     
  2. gerardwil

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    Do you mean something like this?
     

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  3. ErikAlbert

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    Yes, something like that :cool:
     
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    Thanks for the suggestions, I voted for Editpad which has the necessary setting. I will try it for a few days.

    I do nothing but replacing MS Applications of winXPproSP2 with Third Party Applications :
    1. MS Internet Explorer with Mozilla Firefox
    2. MS Outlook 2000 with Mozilla Thunderbird
    3. PrintScreen with Snagit
    4. Windows System Restore with FirstDefense-ISR
    5. And now Notepad with EditPad, because Notepad doesn't have a default folder setting. Notepad doesn't even remember the last used folder.
    Unbelievable that the largest software company in the world, doesn't even have the BASIC settings for a simple editor.
    Will winVISTA still have the poor Notepad ? I hope not. :mad:
     
  7. GroverH

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    Erik,
    Take a little time and try out NoteTab.
    http://www.notetab.com

    I used NoteTab Lite (free) for a while and liked it so much a couple years ago, that I opted to buy the Pro version. The Pro version has spell checking. I also have Word and WordPerfect which I rarely use. Almost every forum posting (or lengthy email) I make originates in NoteTab Pro. I made it my default editor.

    Either version, you can specify a
    ..default open directory
    ..default save directory
    ..Any text file you open from within another folder will be saved in the original folder.
    ..Multiple files open with auto save and time save.

    Optional: auto correct spelling; Line numbers, html help, view in different browser, and much more than mentioned here.
    I have icons on the tool bar for many functions.

    Try it and you just might like it.
    Grover
     
  8. ErikAlbert

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    GroverH,
    I will try it. I don't really need an editor with many functions; just the basic functions.
    I also have MS Word, but I use it only for serious work.
    I use an editor to store pieces of info from different sources. Most of these files are deleted, when I don't need them anymore.
    I use it also to prepare and translate (dutch/english) posts for Wilders.
     
  9. rdsu

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    The free PSPad without any doubt!!! :D
     
  10. Howard Kaikow

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    What about setting up a shortcut and specifying the start in directory?
     
  11. ErikAlbert

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    Many months ago, I was working on a solution to separate all my personal data from Windows,
    but I didn't want to move any folders created by Windows.
    So I changed as many default folders as possible in each software from [C:] to [D:]
    Some softwares don't have a default folder setting, like Adobe Reader, Notepad, ... and that was a problem.

    So I tried the "start in folder" in the shortcut of "Adobe Reader", because that was the most important one.
    But it didn't work for "Adobe Reader" and that's the reason why I didn't try it for "Notepad".

    After your suggestion, I tried it for "Notepad" and yes it works.
    I tried it again for "Adobe Reader", but it still doesn't work, maybe because it's not a MS Application.

    Nevertheless, many thanks because I don't need another editor anymore :)

    P.S.: my bank forces me to use Adobe Reader, so I can't use another PDF-reader like Foxit.
     
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    vim & Notepad++ & Notepad2 in order of my preferece. Still, it is hard to beat vim which is easily my favorite. Add miketex, and then you are in business lol.

    Cheers,

    Alphalutra1
     
  13. ErikAlbert

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    I stored all links, mentioned in this thread, as possibles for the future.
    Is miketex the same as miktex o_O
     
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    Thanks, that makes seven possible alternatives for Notepad, a golden number. :)
     
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    Subpad, QJot and Xint from xtort.net are excellent choices. They are very small in size and are totally portable (they don't write anything to the registry). More importantly, they are all FREE!

    http://www.xtort.net/xtort/xtort.php
     
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    another notepad++ user here.

    I used to use Notetab light until I stumbled across notepad++

    Never tried VIM, will give it a try.
     
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  19. ErikAlbert

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    One of the five custom places bar gives me indeed quicker access to my PDF-files on my data partition [D:]
    Thanks alot. :)
     
  20. Howard Kaikow

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    The concept of a start in directory is meaningless for a product such as ADobe REader.

    Such apps are designed to be used via selecting a file in windows explorer or opening a link.

    How can they force you to use ADobe Reader?

    If you mean that they stupidly created PDF that requires use of ADobe REader because other readers do not supporty the appropriate level of PDF, then educate them.

    Lots of companies have noncompoops whu create PDF not realizing that Distiller alows them to choose the level of PDF used. In rare cases, is the latest PDF realy needed.

    Within some large compainies, I've seen this done correctly in some departments, but not in others.

    Ditto for HTML pages, but ....!!
     
  21. ErikAlbert

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    Instead of using postal mail, my online-banking allows me to print my bank statements in PDF-format, which I like to do of course.
    If I don't have Adobe Reader on my computer, which is verified by the bank, while I'm online, the bank warns me and gives me a link of "Adobe Reader" to download it. If I don't do this, no bank statements.
    It's not a big issue for me, because it's much easier and safer.

    What troubles me more is that a bloatware like Adobe Reader doesn't even have a default folder setting.
     
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  22. Howard Kaikow

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    The bank has no business restricting your choice of a PDF reader.

    A default directory setting makes no sense for a product such as Acrobat Reader.
    Just create a shortcut to the directory and click on the file of interest.
     
  23. Howard Kaikow

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    The bank should state something like the following:
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    To view your statements in PDF format, you need Adobe® Acrobat® Reader® software version 4.05 or higher, or equivalent product. If you don't have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer, you can download it now for free at SomeLinkHere.
     
  24. ErikAlbert

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    It does make sense, Adobe Reader has already a default folder because it opens always the same folder. I just can't change it.
     
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    Yep, sorry about that :oops: It is just the windows port for Latex if you already hadn't figured it out :p .

    Alphalutra1
     
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