Updated: 03/13/2021 by Computer Hope

An editor may refer to any of the following:

1. In general, an editor refers to any program capable of editing files. Good examples are image editors, such as Adobe Photoshop, and sound editors, such as Audacity.

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2. The term editor is commonly used to refer to a text editor, which is a software program that allows users to create or manipulate plain text computer files. They are often used in the field of computer programming.

Examples of text editors

  • Notepad and 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 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.
  • Atom - Open source code and text editor.
  • Ed - An ubiquitous file editor on Unix-like systems.
  • Microsoft Edit - MS-DOS text editor.
  • NEdit - A graphical text editor.
  • Pico - A console-based text editor.
  • Notepad++ - Our favorite free text editor, Notepad++ is a powerful alternative to Windows Notepad.
  • TextPad - Our favorite shareware text editor.

There are thousands of other text editors available in addition to the ones we've already mentioned. Perform an external search for text editors.

What text editors are used to program?

These text editors are used to create programs in any programming language. However, you must save the file in the file format (file extension) used by the programming language.


For more efficient programming and syntax highlighting, it's a better idea to use an IDE instead of a simple text editor to program.

If you're working with a language, such as C, C++, or Java, that needs to be compiled, you need to get a compiler. If you're using a scripting language, like Perl, PHP, or Python, it can run without compiling.

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