Text Editor

What Does Text Editor Mean?

A text editor is a software program that allows users to input and edit text.


Techopedia Explains Text Editor

One main distinction in text editors is between those commonly called word processors used for writing, and other more programming-oriented tools used for technical editing.

The word processor has replaced the typewriter as a way to generate print writing, and features items like margins, spell check and fonts which accommodate different types of presentation for letters, documents, etc.

By contrast, a rougher text editor serving a Unix environment or other less 'literary’ editing environment will have different text editing features, with fewer of the bells and whistles used by less technical users to present writing in a digital document or desktop publishing format.

More technical text editing tools like notepad and other utilities are more meant for storing data than for presenting text, and come with their own specific limitations in terms of presentation.


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