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HTML & CSS Editing Apps For Windows Designers

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Our recent roundup of HTML and CSS editing apps for Mac users proved to be really popular, but the Windows-based designers were feeling a little left out. This week’s roundup pulls together the most popular editing application choices for PC users.

These HTML & CSS editing apps for Windows users will help designers build standards-compliant websites with the help of powerful tools features such as live preview, validation, live editing, HTL5 support, drag and drop systems, FTP editing, troubleshooting, browser support, auto-completion features, and more.

Choose your favorite editing app from the list below.

TopStyle

TopStyle Editing Apps For Windows

TopStyle for Windows contains powerful tools for building standards-compliant web sites. It includes useful features such as live preview, built in validation, live editing, and HTML5 support.

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Notepad2 (FREE)

 Editing Apps For Windows

Notepad2 is one of the most popular utilities for Windows users. It’s a fast, lightweight and simple application. Notepad2 doesn’t include fancy features of more robust editing apps, but if it’s just a program to manually write your code that you’re after, Notepad2 may be for you. This tool can be run out of the box without installation and does modify your system’s registry.

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Stylizer

Stylizer Editing Apps For Windows

Stylizer is a web page building app with a range of unique features such as drop-and-drop functionality and ‘Bullseye’ on-page editing. Stylizer is described as a great tool to help designers learning the basics of CSS to learn better through its real time visual tool that lets you see how the pieces fit together. It comes with a live preview function, which means that your style sheets open automatically and your changes appear instantly. It also lets you switch between major browsers using side-by-side preview panes. This helps you construct responsive website designs easily.

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Brackets

Brackets - A modern, open source code editor

Brackets is a lightweight modern editor focused on visual tools. It’s was specially made for web designers and front-end developer that makes it much more easier to design directly in your browser. This modern text editor is an open-source project with great features, such as live preview, preprocessor support, inline editors, and more. With Brackets you can use Quick Edit and Live Highlight with your LESS and SCSS files.

Style Master

Style Master CSS Editor

Style Master is a CSS editing app that’s available for both Windows and Mac users. It features live editing of websites vis FTP, has both design & code views and built in browser support for easy troubleshooting. Among this tool’s best features are creating style sheets based on your HTML, live CSS editing of PHP, ASP.NET, Ruby and other dynamically generated sites and editing CSS via ftp.

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PSPad (FREE)

Editor PSPad Editing Apps For Windows

PSPad is a freeware editor with support for a number of file types and languages. Features such as syntax highlighting, macros, clips and templates make it a complete application for the designer confident with their coding skills. This tool helps you create web pages and supports many file types and languages, with syntax highlighting. It has an integrated HEX Editor, FTP Client, Macro Recorder, File Search/Replace, Code Explorer, and other great features.

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Rapid CSS

Style Master CSS Editor

Rapid CSS features both manual editing capabilities and the option of having a stylesheet automatically created. Other features such as auto-completion, code inspection and validation make it a good competitor. This comes with CSS checker and instant built-in multi-browser preview. It also loads much faster than any other CSS editors, supports HTML, CSS, LESS, SASS, JavaScript, PHP, XML, ASP, Perl and more, lets you edit directly on your web server or publish local development copy updates with a single click and even has a built-in multi-browser preview.

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Responsive Site Designer

Responsive Site Designer Editing Apps For Windows

RSD has a lot of new features that can come in really handy, such as a width slider, custom breakpoints and also comes with a large library of pre-built items and symbols.

EngInSite CSS Editor

Visit the app website Editing Apps For Windows

The EngInSite CSS Editor is a complete CSS editing application with all the features you could wish for. Live preview and validation, visual editing, wizards and auto-completion features make it a great app for both beginners and veterans.

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Komodo Edit

Download Komodo Edit Editing Apps For Windows

Komodo Edit can be used for editing HTML, XML, and other text files and comes with a lot of features. You can also add some extensions available for languages and special characters.

Dreamweaver

Buy Adobe Dreamweaver Editing Apps For Windows

Dreamweaver is one of the most well-known page building apps. It includes a range of unique features and is a robust app allowing websites to be built via the Design or Code views. If you already have access to Dreamweaver as part of the Adobe Creative Suite, it definitely has every tool you’ll ever need, as well as some you probably never will need!

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Notepad++

Notepad++ Home Editing Apps For Windows

Notepad++ is another free lightweight application for Windows and is a popular choice for veteran programmers who only need a basic app to manually write their code. It has quite a few useful features such as ability to bulk edit files, syntax highlighting and much more.

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Written by Iggy

Iggy is a designer who loves experimenting with new web design techniques collating creative website designs. You can follow Iggy on Twitter.

52 Comments

  1. لاغری در اصفهان says:

    notepad++ is another free lightweight application for Windows and is a popular choice for veteran programmers
    thanks a lot

  2. Stas says:

    I suggest to add one more very good free HTML editor – Codelobster PHP Edition (http://www.codelobster.com)

  3. saleh says:

    its the best …

    thanks Chris Spooner

  4. Dave says:

    Aptana Studio is my preferred choice

  5. gugumanu says:

    Avesome post, as usual :)

    But what about WeBulder (https://www.webuilderapp.com/)

    I use it fot a few years and i'm happy.
    But for special things (huge files) Notepad 2 is, imho, more speedy

  6. Simon says:

    Notepad++ :)

    best

  7. Davor says:

    Notepad++ with a nice skin FTW!

  8. Web design Leeds says:

    I use dreamweaver and firebug for my web designs but going to take note of the article and user comments and try other apps too, Notepad++ was mentioned a few times

  9. David Dias says:

    What do you think about Aptana? Isn't it a very good alternative?

    Btw, will be there a Guide of tools like this to Linux soon?

    Thanks!

  10. Ahmed Abbouh says:

    Hi everyone i really recommend Dreamweaver it's the best tool for windows both developers and designers

    Good Luck

  11. Kaj Rietberg says:

    Iḿ using the Bluefish editor. It works very handy, if I'm typing a selector, bluefish gives me different ones wich I'm probably want to use too choose from. It also explains what it does. Beside that gives colors to the dirrirent words. As last I also use it on my Ubuntu pc. I have the same program on Ubuntu as on Windows 7.

  12. Alex Mos says:

    Hmmm… I thought I'm not the only one using PHP Designer to code html/css. It has all you want code to programming: html, php, javascript, ruby, etc, etc. I like it how it switches the highlighting (colored/light gray) between html and php depending on which part are you working on. Great especially when creating themes for WordPress. It als has a nice code snippet feature, suggestions-as-you-type function similar to what Dreamweaver has, and ftp manager, opening files and saving them directly on server. And it's pretty decently priced, unlike Dreamweaver.

  13. Mateusz Lomber says:

    I also would add intype to that list (works fine for me ;))

  14. Rehan Khan says:

    I have just started writing Div codes… and this post is right on time thanks man

  15. james singleton says:

    this is a great collection of tool some im not to familiar with tho notepad period is like a standard to me its time to use different tool

  16. David Smith says:

    Great list Chris. I've just started using:

    Sublime Text – http://www.sublimetext.com/

    Compatible with TextMate and features:
    * Macros
    * Powerful Snippets
    * Panels
    * Quick document viewer
    * Clean and simple UI

    Highlight recommended.

  17. Andy Matthews says:

    I'm shocked that you left out UtraEdit, EditPlus, CoffeeCup, and Aptana Studio.

  18. Jamie Willmott says:

    I'm a fan of Notepad++.

    I also use some of the add-ons for the firefox browser, such as Firebug.

  19. Roman Teslya says:

    Notepad++ fits all my needs. Simple and effective.

  20. Ash Robbins says:

    Does anybody know if the free version of Microsoft Visual Studio is any good?

  21. Sean says:

    I have always used notepad++

  22. Janet Kern says:

    It's easier to use notepad/notepad ++. It's harder, for me anyway, to learn how to use a wysiwyg editor then to learn code.

  23. Brad Traversy says:

    I keep it simple..Dreamweaver or something like NotepadII. I think the GUI software and wysiwyg does more harm than good. Good old fashion coding.

  24. Dave says:

    HTML Kit is one of my faves. There's a free version too.

    http://www.htmlkit.com/

    Great post :)

  25. Bob says:

    Notepad++ is the best.

  26. Daryl says:

    Nice round up – I'd echo Nils though, Aptana really should get a mention. Especially as it's compaitble with Zen Coding (my new best friend)

  27. Ed Baxter says:

    Notepad++ is what I use. Lightweight, snappy and very solid.

  28. Billig Ferge says:

    I´m using Dreamweaver, that is working fine for me.. Also use Notepad if needed.
    :-)

  29. Four Divisions says:

    I am using Notepad++. this is the one of the best tool for editing Html and css files.

  30. Jose says:

    there is one more which is under development and i have been using it for about 4 months now which is nice and i think it should be review,

    intype.info

  31. andrei says:

    http://www.sublimetext.com/ free and very good looking

  32. simmo says:

    In your opinion what is the closest program to Coda on Mac?
    Im using dreamweaver just because I have it atm.. but Coda does seem like an amazing piece of software.
    Staring to think I may have to invest in some apple hardware

    • Nils Pedersen says:

      @simmo – I would say Aptana… I can't mention any editors thats closer to Coda than that.. But if there one of you who know one, Im also listening ears :)

  33. Tutorial Lounge says:

    useful editors you listing. thanks

  34. Auz says:

    Great list, but I was surprised there was no mention of EditPlus. It's a great editor especially when you add custom commands.

  35. Nils Pedersen says:

    Hi Chis,

    Another great article from you..

    One editor I would suggest is Aptana WebStudio with built-in FTP-Connection, macros and much more.
    Its also comfortable with MAC
    – Check out http://aptana.com/ – The new version of Aptana is out now :P

  36. demogar says:

    E-Text Editor is my choice, it's really great and the best of it is that you can use TextMate bundles within it.

    However, I tend to use Notepad++ too, simply great and lightweight

  37. Andy Feliciotti says:

    Notepad++ is tops for me

  38. Michael says:

    I am using PSPad and I love it.

    @Bill Labus, this was Windows XP and it didn't look good, you have to check out Windows 7 it looks much better :-)

  39. Bill Labus says:

    How can Windows be so freaking ugly? It's like they're going out of their way to do it… :)

  40. Ragnar Karlsson says:

    I use WeBuilder from Blumentals, it is quite a bit more than an HTML/CSS editor but it does them quite well in my opinion for a not dissimilar (or less, in the case of Dreamweaver) price.

  41. xmripper says:

    Stylizer is really the best visual CSS editor imo. I've been using it for 2 years.

  42. Nils Pedersen says:

    * compatible

  43. paul says:

    windows is really lacking a good CSS editor like CSSEdit for MAC.
    Stylizer has a great concept, unfortunately, there isn't an option to manually edit code, which means you can't use advanced CSS3 that hasn't been included in the UI.
    stylemaster hasn't got the greatest interface, seems like it was designed in the early 2000s.
    topstyle keeps crashing in the preview.
    I went back to notepad++
    there's a new web app called buildorpro that allows you to design in the browser. it's currently in beta. although it still has limited uses such as rapid prototyping. don't expect to be able to build a fully fledged HTML5/Css3 app with it.

  44. Brussells says:

    Awesome list of editors, some I'd not heard of but look promising, and worth a trial (if they have one).

    Netbeans is another one, which I'm using at the moment, but has only just started implementing HTML5 and CSS3 support for auto complete etc. Worth checking out though.

  45. Thomas Britton says:

    I'd suggest Intype (http://intype.info/home/index.php)

    Possibly the nicest looking text editor for Windows in my opinion. The only problem its quite featureless and hasn't been updated for some time.

    But perfect if you want a lightweight option with good syntax highlighting.

  46. fuzzimo says:

    Thanks Chris! I always like to test different editors. Another free one that I found useful a while back was <a href="http://www.alleycode.com/">Alleycode</a&gt;.

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