Is there a simple text editor like Notepad (or Notepad++) on Windows for OS X? TextEdit cannot open all types of files and TextWrangler is not "simple", for my opinion TextWrangler is meant to work with projects not simply single files.

I want to open any types of files and see their source/binary code. Then I want to be able to save the file without any auto converting (as TextEdit does).

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    TextWrangler's no more complicated than Notepad++, and I'd say a good sight less complicated - it has neither the plugin system nor the custom syntax coloring that Notepad++ has. – CajunLuke Sep 4 '12 at 23:33
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    Also, TextEdit will open any type of file you want - you just need to force it to (just like you would Notepad on Windows). – CajunLuke Sep 4 '12 at 23:34
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    Further, I'm voting to close this as Not A Real Question because you don't mention what features in TextWrangler you find complicated or what sorts of files you work with. (Basically: give more detail.) – CajunLuke Sep 4 '12 at 23:36
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    It's hard to answer this without explaining what "simple" means – I see you don't want TextWrangler to be the answer, but I can't figure out by what criteria you rule it out. Perhaps you can clarify and we can reopen the question. – Daniel Sep 5 '12 at 1:55

Textmate 2
Sublime Text 2

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    Good choices, but not less "complicated" than TextWrangler, whatever that means. – Thilo Sep 5 '12 at 1:45
  • I agree, and since I was unable to understand how he found Text Wrangler "complicated", I threw out some other easy-to-use GUI based editors /shrug – camflan Sep 5 '12 at 2:14
  • You forgot MacVim. Obviously that's much less complicated than TextWrangler. ;) – Wildcard Oct 20 '16 at 20:05

I think the closest equivalent would be NovoEdit. I find NovoEdit to be an extremely simple, yet helpful text editor when it comes to handling any kind of file. This reminds me of Windows' Notepad. And although I agree with @CajunLuke on the fact that TextEdit is able to open anything by forcing it to, I see myself using NovoEdit far more often than TextEdit simply because of its speed and ease-of-use.

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