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I made a text editor with AutoIt3.

I called it Notepad NG because I couldn't think of a better name...

It has many features:

- Open file

- Save file

- Reload file

- Execute file

- Find

- Replace

- Go To Line

- Auto indent

- Bookmark lines

- Send tabs as spaces (you can configure how many spaces equal to 1 tab)

- Set font (Note: you can't change the color of the text box)

- Word Wrap

- line numbers on the left

- Remember search queries (is configurable)

- a status bar that shows you info: current line, total lines, selected chars, filename

These features are coming:

- recent files

Post any problems, suggestions you have.

You need the latest beta version of AutoIt to use it.

See here

Else you can use the executable I added to the zip.

Download the script below:




- Initial release


- fixed: caret jumping to the beginning of the line

- added: command line support

you can run NotepadNG with a text file or drop a text file on the executable

- added: forgot to update the menu items with shortcut keys (Find, Replace, Word Wrap)

- added: Run file you can execute the file you're editing


- changed: all send functions are replaced with GUISendMsg

- changed: the way "Go To Line" works

- added: when you scroll, the line bar updates itself

- added: error message when user enters an invalid line number (Go To Line)

- minor things


- changed: how "Replace once" works, it uses GUISendMsg now

- changed: "Find" and "Replace" function; You can now search using new-line chars!

- fixed: reloading when there's no file open showed -1

- fixed: "enter" not working on message boxes and dialogs

- added: tabs as spaces; when you press TAB, spaces are sent (as many as you want, default 3).

- added: auto indent

- added: select all using shortcut key Ctrl+A

- added: unindent using Shift+TAB

- added: save search queries

- added: line bookmarks (needs testing)

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@Slim, why don't you use the new oneventmode? Also, could the line numbers on the word wrap reflect the lines in the file, and not the visible lines? Perhaps you could split the edit's output with @CRLF and parse line #'s by that.

Edited by this-is-me
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Allright, feedback...


1. Thank you.

2. I don't understand the 1st sentence very much. You shouldn't update the line bar manually.

3. You don't need the PickColor.bmp because you can't change the text color of an edit box anyways.


I was thinking about that, but after I created the 2nd and 3rd dialog, I was wondering: "Does the OnEvent option/mode work only for 1 dialog or all of them?"

And I don't want to use OnEvent option/mode for all the dialogs.


To match the line bar with the lines of the edit box, I can only update by sending the "up arrow" and "down arrow" keys.

And that can cause unexpected behaviour.

The "Go To Line" function is made 50% using Windows API messages and the other half by sending arrow keys.

For Word Wrap I couldn't find a Windows control message that I could send.

I think I can use DllCall for that, but I need time to understand that function.

If you're interested, I found some information that may be useful:


As you did with your AutoPad, I made 2 edit boxes and that works well (here at least)

Meanwhile I fixed your problem and added some things.

See first post.

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I think many of us would love to have a better Notepad functions compare to

MS Notepad.

Do you mind to have screenshot of your program ? :)

That would be easier for other to take a look of the preview before download.

Thanks.... Keep the good work up ! :)

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OK... Just downloaded and tested a while.... I'm not sure if this is a bug or what.

The current line is "1", and I test for the "Go To Line" feature.

Right now, I enter LINE "3". Nothing happens as LINE 3 yet does not exist.

After I did this, the program goes wrong, where I'm unable to close the

program or do anything else....

When I click back on Internet Explorer (I'm browsing while testing your program),

the IE automatically scroll down to Page 3 where this was from NotepadNG.

Please check it out....

Side Note : Why not name it "Intelli NotePad".... just a suggestion :)

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As you said in the other topic:

You can't have AutoItSetOption("GUIOnEventMode", 1) and a GuiGetMsg loop, I don't think. I believe it is one or the other.


And Jon confirmed.

That means if you have multiple GUIs in one script and you enable GUIOnEventMode, you can't use GUIGetMsg in any of the other GUIs.

At least that's my theory. And I don't feel like making a function of every action.

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I failed to create a Recent files dialog with icons.

So I created one like Notepad2 has, without icons.

Here's my latest to do list:

To do list:

- about dialog

- Always On Top: Alt+T

- settings dialog

   * Remember windows size and position on exit

- Tabs so you can edit multiple files

- Tools menu which you can configure, so you can run Tidy instantly or compile the current file

Do you have ideas or suggestions? Please post them. Edited by SlimShady
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