I am looking for a Windows text editor that allows me to tile 3-4 files inside one window.

Basically like this "Tile Tabs" Firefox add-on.

Currently I am using Notepad++ with multiple instances to achieve this. In one instance of Notepad++, only 2 Tiles are supported.

  • Which operating system? Free, or willing to pay? And other desirable features, or just tiling? The more you tell us, them more we can help you
    – Mawg
    Feb 13, 2015 at 14:27

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Emacs is a cross-platform and very customizable open-source text editor. It allows you to tile and resize multiple windows and frames using simple keyboard shortcuts.

Here is the manual page on that feature

Emacs can split a frame into two or many windows. Multiple windows can display parts of different buffers, or different parts of one buffer.

Here you can download it for Windows

Example (click image for larger version):


For a free solution, you an consider Eclipse. It is primarily used for software development, but it can do what your want:

You can use drag and drop to modify the layout of your editor work area. Grab an editor or view tab and drag it to the edge of the editor work area. enter image description here


Since you don't specify "gratis" - UltraEdit costs a hefty $80, but it is a long established & extremely powerful editor. I used it for years until I found the price too steep, but YMMV.

List of open files (close/save/tile/print selected files
Tile edit windows horizontally/vertically

Why not try the demo version and see what you think?

You can split the window as many times as you want and drag as many tabs as you need to any of the split windows, providing you even more edit window management authority. enter image description here

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    Gosh I dont think it cost me that much when I purchased it a few years back, but it is a powerful editor that I still use on a daily basis. Nov 26, 2015 at 8:19
  • I remember buying the first few versions, when it cost $29, but that was decade ago (maybe two). It is a very powerful tool, but with many freeware alternatives, I couldn't justify $80 now :-(
    – Mawg
    Nov 26, 2015 at 8:37

SynWrite editor; free.

Menu under rectangle button; open 1/2/3/4 or 6 panes at one editor.

N views


You want to see multiple files in single Notepad, the use the “NOTEPADTABS” which allows you to make a group of text files to work on large projects. NotepadTabs is a free software text editor that let you to view file in different tabs style like horizontal, vertical, etc. Download this text editor for free from here


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    I like the simplicity of the suggested programm. The tabs look nice, but it isn't really a webeditor.
    – Type-Style
    Feb 16, 2015 at 8:18

Another text editor that supports tile view is Github Atom. Atom is hackable text editor for the 21st century. Github Atom is free, available for Windows operating system. You can tile your view (splitting your pane is the synonym for Github Atom editor context). As mentioned in the latest version of Github Atom documentation.

Split Panes

You can split any editor pane horizontally or vertically by using cmd-k right or cmd-k down. Once you have a split pane, you can move focus between them with cmd-k cmd-right or cmd-k cmd-down. To close a pane, close all its editors with cmd-w, then press cmd-w one more time to close the pane. You can configure panes to auto-close when empty in the Settings view.

I have tried this one. For simple execution, when you are on Github Atom editor, press Ctrl + Shift + P. Then, type "split", you will see four options of splitting panes which you can choose. The result is right below:

splitting your Github Atom panes

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    sure @Type-Style. You're welcome ((:
    – meisyal
    Feb 16, 2015 at 11:03

Sublime text would let you do that - I'm using the keyboard shortcuts to do this but it lets you do 1,2,3 or 4 columns, and tabs within those columns/

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Free to try (and its polite nagware, with a UNREGISTERED in the text editor title and no toher limits), and 70 dollars if you want an single user licence you can use anywhere.

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