When you want to edit a lot of text but want to avoid the formatting problems of a full-on word processor, where do you turn?
Notepad is ok, WordPad is a bit better, but both have limits, so what if you want more?
Basic Text Editors:
Notepad Plus Plus (NotePad++)
Notepad++ is a free (as in “free speech” and also as in “free beer”) source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. Running in the MS Windows environment, its use is governed by GNU General Public License.
An extensible, customizable, free/libre text editor — and more. At its core is an interpreter for Emacs Lisp, a dialect of the Lisp programming language with extensions to support text editing.
Microsoft Visual Studio Code Editor:
Bit of a cheat with this one, its more of a code editor than a plain text editor, but this makes it more applicable to those of you wanting to edit source code without text formatting getting in the way.
If you want to push text files to the limit and need to open/edit massive text files into the GB sizes then EM Editor is the go to tool.
For the full package to edit just about everything there is always Libre Office. Libre Office is a free office suite of apps, similar to Microsoft Office, but fee.