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    So I read a thread earlier that got me thinking about my coding methods. Right now I just use the original notepad to do the work on my site, but then I heard some one mention Notepad++. It got my mind moving a little bit. I haven't been able to find anything about it that really describes how it will benefit me. I just see that it says it will support HTML, CSS ,and a bunch of other languages. Is there anyone that uses it that could tell me what some advantages would be for me if I were to download and use the program? I really just use HTML and CSS.

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    The big advantage is syntax highlighting (color coding and highlighting of the various code elements you'll use). Makes it easier to debug as a result.

    They also allow for line numbers...which also makes debugging easier.

    It's not bad for editing HTML/CSS, although I prefer Visual Web Developer.
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    I just took a look at its website and I might download it. I just try not to download things unless I'm absolutely sure its something I want. The internet that I am stuck using right now has ridiculously slow download speeds.

    You know, you are the only person that ever talks to me on here... You might as well set up an "Ask TheGAME1264 a Question" board haha.

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    heh I get that a lot. You're probably right.
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    you know when you download a Microsoft program they try to get you to download every program they ever created.... That's just really obnoxious...

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    Actually, it goes beyond that. What they're trying to do, and for most people it's not of much use, is to get everything all in one spot so that it can all be installed smoothly and simultaneously. The Web Platform Installer is good for that.

    The problem is that they make the mistake that they often make, and that's including features the majority would never want, need or use. In the case of WPI, I'm actually in the vast minority that will use it. But I'm also the last guy in the world anyone should ever cater their stuff to because I can also do things myself.
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    I finally got it installed and was messing around with it a little bit. I could see how it would be a great tool but I can also see how it could be confusing for some one with little knowledge with HTML or CSS.

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    One of the best features of Notepad++, in my opinion, is that it will highlight matching tags. If you click on an opening div tag, for example, it shows you the matching closing tag. In larger HTML files, that comes in handy when you may have omitted a closing tag or improperly nested an element.

    Plus, you can collapse elements by clicking the little - icon on the left which makes large files easier to read.
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    I love that you can search for specific words in a while folder, including subfolders - recently i had to change a word that recurred about 437 times throughout the code of a site - this made it easy to find the exact lines where I had to make changes, in about 42 files.
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    There is a great tool called "mreplace" which stands for multi-file search and replace (somehow). It's great for doing search and replace on multiple files, it can even do an entire folder. Plus, it's free.
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