1. Alternatively referred to as a text editor, an editor is a software program that allows users to create or manipulate plain text computer files. There are several kinds of editors.

Examples of text editors

  • Notepad, WordPad, = Microsoft Windows included text editors.
  • TextEdit = Apple computer text editor.
  • Emacs = Text editor for all platforms that is a very powerful text editor once you've learned all of its commands and options.
  • Vi and Vim = Other great editors primarily used with Linux but also available with multiple platforms.
  • Word = Word processor for Windows and Apple computers.
  • Writer = Text editor and word processor.
  • Edit = MS-DOS text editor.
  • NEdit = X Windows text editor.
  • Pico = Unix and Linux or variant text editor.
  • Notepad++ = Our favorite free text editor, Notepad++ is a powerful alternative to Windows Notepad.
  • TextPad = Our favorite shareware text editors.

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2. An editor may also refer to any other program capable of editing any other file. For example, an image editor is a program capable of editing any number of different image files.

Also see: Edit mode, Image editor, Pico