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Notepad++ Text Editor for Windows

by tcitg — last modified Jun 14, 2011 03:36 PM

Configuration files which are in a specific format often need to be edited to set parameters. It is important for this format to be preserved. Editing configuration files with Windows Notepad or Windows Wordpad can destroy this formatting. See the examples below of a configuration.php file opened in Notepad and the alternative open source Notepad++.
The configuration.php file opened with Windows Notepad
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The configuration.php file displays a jumble of readable and unreadable characters.

The configuration.php file opened with Notepad++ for Windows
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The configuration.php file displays in a clear readable manner. Please use Notepad++, or an equivalent text editor, to view or edit any configuration files or log files in your Web space. Follow the instructions below to install Notepad++.
Go to the site http://sourceforge.net/projects/notepad-plus/files.
Click on the button nnp 5.9.2 installer.exe.
When prompted save to your desktop.
After it downloads double-click to install the application.