Subpad is a no-install USB compatible lightweight notepad clone with all of the features of Windows notepad, with just a few extras added. The main purpose was to make something close to notepad.exe, but with faster find/replace, MRU documents, and syntax highlighting. Subpad’s find/replace routine is perhaps one of the fastest out there.

Other minor convenient features that have been added, without adding too much bloat are: close on ESC key, a roll-up caption bar (like with KDE applicaions in Linux), toggle off/on URL highlighting, column selection mode and stay on top.
What’s not here is unecessary bloat, toolbars, etc. The file is distributed in a simple zip — so you can run it on a USB easily! To uninstall, just delete it.


see a complete list of features


  • Close on ESC key
  • Auto-URL Detect (toggle off/on)
  • Roll-Up Form
  • Word-Wrapped lines denoted
  • Find/Replace ultra fast, written in assembler (Boyer-Moore algorithm)
  • Stay Topmost
  • Unlimited Undo/Redo
  • Undo after save
  • Block Indent/Unindent
  • Column Selection Mode – good for ASCII/NFO files
  • Prints Header/Footer
  • Custom Page Setup Dialog
  • Drag Drop
  • Recent Documents
  • Run External Tools – like Apache, scripts, or FTP

System Requirements

  1. Tested on: WINXP/2000
  2. >500kb disk space
  3. 64 mb ram
  4. 386+