I have been using notepad for years but I needed a better text editor to improve my productivity. I tried a few of the options available and decided to stick with Notepad++. It’s an open source project, simple, fast and have a lot of features. The most important feature for me is syntax highlighting and folding which it does for many languages.
Another feature I use a lot comes after configuring it as the “View Source” editor for IE. To open source files in notepad++, change your default program to open text files in notepad++ using Folder Options.
I know there are are more advanced editors than this. I haven’t tried them all but most of them are kind of real resource hogs or complex. If you haven’t tried notepad++, give it a try.
It doesn’t mean that I am saying notepad++ is an advanced editor than Vim or Emacs. But I really can’t think of a text editor for which I have to read tutorials. Really, tutorials for using a text editor is too much.
PS: There is a basic comparison of text editors at Wikipedia. If you can spare time, try as much editors as you want from the list. 🙂