by Alexander Davidson


"metapad is a great choice for those who like their
text editors small, fast, and free"
- ZDNet Downloads

If you are like me, one of the most useful programs for everyday use is Microsoft Notepad. I realized that Notepad was quite powerful and did almost everything I wanted in a simple text editor. Yet I found the UI to be unlike most 32-bit Windows applications and actually quite poor...

metapad is a small, fast (and completely free) text editor for Windows 9x and Windows NT with similar features to Microsoft Notepad but with many extra (and rather useful) features. It was designed to completely replace Notepad since it includes all of Notepad's features and much, much more.


New and improved features include:

  • Persistent window placement
  • Dirty file notification (see screenshot)
  • Intelligent Find and Replace
  • External viewer support (e.g. web browser)
  • Usable accelerator keys (Ctrl+S, Ctrl+N, etc.)
  • Dual customizable font support
  • Optional Quick Exit (Esc key)
  • Configurable tab stop setting
  • Auto-indent mode
  • Go to Line/Column
  • Seamless UNIX text file support
  • Block indent and unindent (Tab, Shift+Tab)
  • Recent files list
  • WYSIWYG printing
  • Snazzy status bar & funky toolbar
  • No file size limit! (under Win9x)
  • Hyperlink support

What's New

August 1, 2000:  Minor site updates. And a nice new button.

July 10, 2000:  There are some new additions to the FAQ. Plus I've added a rockin' new set of user designed buttons. Check 'em out! (And if you're artistically adept then please feel free to send me a web button of your own design!)

June 1, 2000:  ZDNet has upgraded metapad's rating to 5 stars! Read the new review here.

May 5, 2000:  metapad 2.0 (both LE and normal) have gone gold! Thanks to everyone who helped me locate da bugz! Also, the FAQ has been updated.

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