FluentNotepad Adds The Office Ribbon UI To Notepad

Before you go ahead and read this article, I would like you to ask yourself one simple question – Do I hate or love the Ribbon UI of MS Office 2007 or 2010? If you love it, you will be motivated to read this article, but if you hate it, you will be even more motivated to go through this article. In case you belong to the latter category, take it from me that you are going to start loving the Ribbon UI. This time you will surely fall in love with the Ribbon!

Don’t worry; you don’t have to explore any new version of MS Office in this article. In fact, it is the latest Notepad version that will make you fall in love with the Ribbon. So, do you want to know how? Here we go!

Why Ribbon Is Not Considered User-Friendly In MS Office 2007 and 2010

Have you ever given a thought to this question? Well, if no, it will not even take you a minute to obtain a reply. Well, most people do not like the Ribbon UI because of so many options cluttered across several groups in tabs. This results in consuming more time while searching for the required commands in case the shortcuts are not known. As a result, the user is frustrated to use the ribbon. Moreover, nowadays, people hardly have patience to wait.

Why Ribbon Is User-Friendly In The Latest Version Of Notepad

FluentNotepad, the latest version of Notepad, comes with the brand new ribbon interface. However, the good news is that you will not get frustrated while using this ribbon.

This is for a simple reason that the commands in Notepad are quite fewer than MS Word or any other application of MS Office 2007 or later. So, it is obvious that you will find the commands in no time, which means you are going to love using Notepad due to its spacious, enriched interface. Well, there is one more reason as to why you will appreciate the Ribbon of FluentNotepad. So, keep reading!

How To Obtain FluentNotepad

You can download FluentNotepad from http://salvog92.deviantart.com/art/FluentNotepad-RC-171637273. After downloading, unzip it and run the executable file. When FluentNotepad opens, you will see that its Ribbon interface is much like the one seen in MS Office 2010. Apart from the Ribbon, you will also see the Quick Access Toolbar and Help Icon both at the extreme top corners. These features are new, as they were not present in the standard Notepad.

How To Work With FluentNotepad

By default, the Home tab is enabled via which you can cut and copy text, change the font, apply a style, search for the desired phrase, and wrap text.

However, you will first have to create a file by accessing the File tab wherein you have to choose from the different file types by selecting File --> New.

This is really interesting, as you can create an HTML, VBNET, Text, ASP, C#, or an XML file. If the .Net Framework is installed on the machine, this is a really helpful feature for all the developers. While working with a file, you also come to know about the line number and total number of words from the Status bar.

Further, do explore the Options and About sections in the File tab via which you can change the default settings for customization and give your feedback on the new look.

As FluentNotepad is in its Beta stage, not everything is meant for customization. Finally, you can open a file created in FluentNotepad in the standard Notepad as well.

In short, the new Ribbon incorporates the old commands along with some value additions, which is another reason as to why you will love it even more.

Do share your views on this new Notepad look!