How to edit text files in Google Drive using Drive Notepad

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One of the awesome features of Google Drive is that it allows its users to host their static websites without accessing any third party web servers. These static files usually include HTML files, images, CSS, icons, audio & video files, and javascript files. You can even use it to host complex javascript based web tools and apps.

When updating website’s source code that is hosted on Google Drive, users typically edit text files from their computer and upload it again thus overwriting the files on Google Drive. This method of updating text files on Google Drive is very inefficient because it is time-consuming and is very tedious.

So, how could you avoid this awful method of updating source codes on Google Drive? Well, there is a slick text editor for Google Drive called Drive Notepad.

Drive Notepad is a powerful text editor for Google Drive. It has advanced features that are usually found in popular source code editors like syntax highlighting, version control, code debugging, themes and multiline editing.

How to open a text file in Drive Notepad

Step 1. Right Click the text file and Choose Open with Drive Notepad

Step 2. Authorize Drive Notepad to open and edit files from your Google Drive

Drive Notepad’s Cool Features

  • Syntax highlighting – Just like any advanced text editors like notepad++, Drive Notepad also has syntax highlighting for different coding/programming languages like HTML, CSS, javascript, PHP, and Python to name a few.

  • Version Control – One of the cool features of Drive Notepad is that you can always go back to an older version of a text file according to how many changes were made to the file. It is very useful when you had changes on your file that create bugs on your site and you want to go back to a previous working version of a file.

  • Code debugging for Javascript – Though it only works on javascript files, Drive Notepad detects bugs on your javascript code. It is very similar to the code debugging features of some of the popular Integrated Development Environment (IDE) such as Eclipse and Visual Studio.

  • Themes – Drive Notepad allows its users to change its theme. If you’re familiar with the theme of some of the most popular text editors, you can change Drive Notepad’s theme to look like Sublime Text, TextMate or Dreamweaver.

  • Multiline Editing – Multiline editing is a very useful feature because it enables users to make changes on different lines of code at the same time. This feature is common in most advanced code editor nowadays and surprisingly, Drive Notepad has this feature available out of the box.