Code Writer

Free advanced text and code editor app for Windows 10

  • A perfect replacement for Notepad and other quick edit apps
  • Fast, fluid UI with syntax highlighting and other features for over 20 file types
  • Multiple documents may be opened and easily switched between

Explorer Side Bar

Explorer Side Bar

The normal appearance of the editor, with the Explorer side bar displayed.

Add Documents Easily

Add Documents Easily

Create new or open existing documents from any accessible source.

Command Palette

Command Palette

A command palette provides quick access to nearly all commands, recent documents, go to line, etc.

Distraction-Free Editing

Distraction-Free Editing

The side bar collapsed, allowing you to focus on your content without distraction.



The Search side bar allows for find/replace functionality.

Editing Popup

Editing Popup

The Editing popup gives quick access to the most common editing commands. Obsidian theme shown.

20+ File Types

Syntax highlighting for HTML, CSS, JavaScript, JSON, XML, C#, VB, C++, ASP, PHP, Markdown, Perl, Python, Ruby, SQL, and many other common languages.

Advanced Features

Some files types support code outlining, syntax errors, text formatting, quick info, auto-completion, color previews, auto-case correct, etc.

Document Management

Create new documents, browse to open any accessible document, and easily reopen recent documents. Open documents are persisted between app sessions.


Options for theme, font family/size, line numbers, word wrap, current line highlight, web color previews, indentation guides, whitespace, line ends, etc.

File Associations

The app can be used as a default editor for various file types.

Input Flexibility

Touch-based selection support, and a plethora of keyboard shortcuts.


Document print support with numerous options.


Detailed documentation describes all app functionality.

Connect with Actipro


We publicly broadcast our latest app news on Twitter, including release news and feature descriptions. While Twitter is a great way for users to send us quick messages, please use Slack or the product forum for conversations.



We have a Slack workspace set up where users can chat with us and other users interactively. This is also a great place for us to showcase what we're working on and for users to provide feedback on new features in development.

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Discussion Forum

For most questions, problem reports, or product feature suggestions, we urge you to use our discussion forums. This is a public setting where the Actipro support staff and all customers can participate and collaborate together.

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Code Editing in Your Own Apps

Like what you see from us? Actipro is best known for our syntax-highlighting code editor control named SyntaxEditor that can be used to add rich code editing features in your own apps. SyntaxEditor is currently available for the Universal Windows, WPF, and WinForms platforms. Use the Universal Windows version to build a code/text editing app just like Code Writer!

We also offer a comprehensive set of other user interface controls for use in the various Microsoft UI platforms, everything from docking windows and MDI to property grids and charts. Please download a free evaluation of our products to discover more.

Latest Build
Released 2021‑02‑25
Windows 10
(Fall Creators Update or later)