ShadyTXT has been designed as a vastly superior alternative to Microsoft Notepad. If you can imagine a mix between a basic Microsoft Word and Notepad, then you'd probably get something like ShadyTXT.
ShadyTXT offers some really cool features such as customizable text/background colors, URL highlighting/visiting and an 'Always on Top' option.
It offers advanced printing options, unicode support and you can even load and save various encodings. Whastmore, it will always be updated because it checks automatically for updates. Throw away your Notepad today!