n. (context computing English) A program which allows a user to edit the contents of a text file, usually in an interactive way with immediate visual feedback. Compare word processor.
A text editor is a type of program used for editing plain text files. Such programs are sometimes known as "notepad" software, following the Microsoft Notepad.
Usage examples of "text editor".
Emacs in its normal form is the hacker's word processor, a text editor that offers little in the way of fancy formatting capabilities but does the basic job of editing plain text very well.
When Cal tried to view it with an ordinary text editor, the file scrolled down his screen as gibberish.