How to get line numbers in Notepad on Windows 10

Text editors are apps that can be simple, or they can be complex. In fact, some text editors add so many features that they have ceased to be text editors and transition to a higher app level.

At its core, a text-to-speech editor allows you to save a file in a variety of formats eg BAT, AHK, PS1, HTML, CSS, SRT, etc. There are many types of features you can add in addition to this make inserting and editing text easier such as syntax highlighting, line numbers, auto-close tags, etc.

Notepad is the stock text editor on Windows 10 and its favorite feature is that it is a lightweight, zero-duty app that offers a hassle-free user interface. The app opens quickly, can handle loads of text, and can save a file in any format.

Line numbers in Notepad on Windows 10

Line numbers are the features you find in a few text editors and code editors. They are helpful and not just when writing code. Unfortunately, Notepad does not display adjacent line numbers as a code editor or advanced text editor would normally do.

To check line numbers in Notepad, follow these steps.

  1. Open a Notepad file.
  2. go to A view and select Status Bar.
  3. Enter text and move the cursor to the line you want to find the number for.
  4. Take a look at the bottom in the status bar and you will get see line number.

Other text editors

Notepad line numbers are not the largest ones because you have to click a line to find the number for it. Displaying line numbers next to it is a favorite of most users and Notepad does not.

There are other text editors though that you can use. We are going to recommend two excellent apps. We avoid apps like Notepad ++ which, while excellent, are far too advanced to be called a simple text editor.

1. Metapad

Metapad free, and has a terminal-like interface. It’s as simple as getting a text editor with side numbers on the side. Because it looks so much like a termination tool, you won’t be distracted by ugly images or a bad UI design stuck in the days of Windows 98.

You can customize the background color of the app which means instead of a bright white background, you get something that is much easier on the eyes.

2. Bracagan

Bracagan sitting snuggly on the fine line that distinguishes simple text editors from advanced ones. The UI is great but you can change it so that you get nothing more than a simple window without the hassle of working in it. It has line numbers, and a ton of other great features such as debugger, extension support, line selection, and much more.

It’s not as light as Notepad or Metapad but it’s not heavy. During installation, it requires the PATH variable to be added making it easier to use.


We have overlooked a number of popular text editors such as Micro, SciTE, and Program Notepad. These apps aren’t bad but their UI is either cluttered or still follows an old design, or they tend to run heavy on a system. However, you can take a look at them and use what works for you.

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