• Over 20 syntax-highlighted file types supported including HTML, CSS, JavaScript, JSON, XML, C#, VB, C++, ASP, PHP, Markdown, Perl, Python, Ruby, SQL, and many other common languages
  • Some file types support advanced editing features like code outlining, syntax errors, text formatting, quick info, color previews, auto-case correct, etc.
  • Create new documents, browse to open any accessible document (local, SkyDrive, etc.), and easily reopen recent documents
  • Chromeless UI editing surface that only shows caret position and scrollbars
  • Scrollable tabbed document interface to switch between open documents
  • Open documents are persisted between app sessions
  • Modified documents are flagged
  • Find and replace, go to line, and document properties panes
  • Document print support with numerous options
  • Touch-based selection support, and a plethora of keyboard shortcuts
  • Live tile that displays the names and save state of open documents
  • Integrates with Settings charm for access to configuration options
  • Supports sharing of document or selected text with other apps via the Share charm
  • Supports other Windows Store apps sharing text or files with Code Writer via the Share charm
  • Detailed documentation that describes all app functionality
  • Snapped mode view support for working side-by-side with other apps
  • File associations allow the app to be used as a default editor for various file types
  • Options for theme, font family/size, line numbers, word wrap, current line highlight, delimiter highlighting and auto-complete, web color previews, whitespace characters, tabs/spaces, line ends, etc.
  • Options to add custom file extensions for file types, and disable file types you don't work with
  • Run the app and open files using the codewriter:// protocol

Additional information

Version Notes

Version 2.4 adds more user-requested features to Code Writer: ADDED: Quote delimiter auto-completion for most file types. ADDED: Support as a share target for text from other apps. ADDED: Support as a share target for known file types from other apps. ADDED: Character encoding option for UTF-8 with no signature. ADDED: When opening non-Unicode files, the default character encoding specified in Editor Settings is used as appropriate. ADDED: Improved international support with better caret/selection movement and delete and backspace functionality around multi-byte Unicode characters. FIXED: Document-specific character encoding wasn't taking priority over default.

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Joe · 7/29/2015
Great for Beginners

Those looking to get acquainted with coding should download this. Easy to use and provides good formatting.

Jacob · 7/26/2015
Great Alternative to Lots of Free Code editors

Code Writer is an amazing tool. I use it to write in C/C++. I love it. 20+ syntax highlighted languages. The only thing I would prefer is something similar to Microsoft Intelli sense snippets. otherwise, amazing!!!

Alhanalem · 7/29/2015
Does what it's supposed to do.

Quick and convenient text editor, whether you need it for code or not.

Reviewer 6371 · 7/9/2015
Great App

I was looking around for an app that was very efficient and appealing to the eye and I came across this. It is a great app for beginner or veteran programmers.

Reviewer 2278 · 6/22/2015
Free always better

Doing many code review on tablet is challenging, this up make it easier

Jim · 7/5/2015
Nice but...

It would be better if it could access Google Drive instead of just Sky Drive Also - it would be nice if the app supported all file types, not just a few. I should be able to edit a text file no matter what the extension is.

Reviewer 8635 · 5/29/2015

Lightweight, easy to use, and supports user-specified custom file extensions (i.e., GPX files are XML-format). Would be even better if it supported viewing multiple files side-by-side.

Reviewer 4328 · 5/1/2015
itz nt wrk on my laptop

first one mnth itz great bt nw itz can't open always says err only

Windows · 2/16/2015
Can't open folders in this app

I want to open up a folder in this app, and this app won't let me to do so.

Brandon · 8/13/2014
Buggy, Glitches, Makes me lose data

Like the title said. I program some long lines of code, and then "poof" I try to save and it returns an error EVRERYTIME. It won't even let me copy my work after the error. I was recently working on some long javascript, and I was trying to save the doc, but it returned an error saying that an RPC server is unavailable. And it can't open documents either. The app will be worth 5 stars if bugs are fixed. This app my only hope other than notepad to code on my surface RT.

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