I'm looking for a TeX editor, not a LaTeX editor. I usually run from the command line, so what I want is just the editing facilites. Specifially, I'd like a simple, lightweight editor providing customizable syntax highlighting. It would be nice if I could provide the program with one or more lists of commands to be displayed with different colours.

I'm using Windows.

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    Does Sublime Text suit your needs? – Count Zero Jun 11 '13 at 8:55
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    Emacs+AUCTeX has a base plain TeX support. – giordano Jun 11 '13 at 9:08
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    Notepad++ will do the trick. You can even have it portable – Mario S. E. Jun 11 '13 at 9:42
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    nearly all LaTeX editors also support plain TeX documents! – user2478 Jun 11 '13 at 9:58
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    Emacs + AUCTeX is the ultimate text editor (and not just for (La)TeXing). – Svend Tveskæg Jun 11 '13 at 12:56

I have recently started using Code Browser http://tibleiz.net/code-browser/ which is excellent. Has the best code folding model I have found. Great configurable syntax highlighting for TEX.

It is missing some features of some other mentioned text editors (for examnple the macro language is a little rudimentary) - but the folding in particular, and a few other neat things has projected it to the top of my list regardless.

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  • I have tried SublimeEdit, suggested avobe, and is easily configurable, just copy-paste-edit from the default configuration files. Nothing comes out magically, i.e., no special semantics known to the program. I'll try this other one tomorrow. Seems promising by the description you provide. – Javier A. M. Jun 11 '13 at 18:18

I would suggest you go with Notepad++ (http://notepad-plus-plus.org/)

It is light, free (libre and gratis) and you can have it portable as well (you can run it from a pen drive, you don't need to install it).

It has highlighting for TeX and many other languages, and it is easy configurable. Some plugins are really useful (like the one for comparing files) and I love the capability to search between several documents.

You should really give it a try.

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  • Notepas++ is not cross-plattform. Look under the About at the homepage. It is a Window$ editor. – Sveinung Jun 11 '13 at 11:29
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    @Sveinung The OP is running Windows. – egreg Jun 11 '13 at 12:43
  • I have been using Notepat++ awhile and came to the point that made me reject it back then. The syntax hilighting for TeX comes out magically, as can be guessed by looking at the xml languages definition file, so it cannot be personalised. – Javier A. M. Jun 11 '13 at 18:16
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    @egreg Yes, OP is running on Windows, but Notepad++ is still not cross-plattform. – Sveinung Jun 13 '13 at 7:10

For widows, I use RTextDoc editor. It simple to use, plus has syntax highlighting and grammar checker

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  • The OP is looking for a TeX editor, and RTextDoc explicitly states it's a LaTeX editor. – Werner Aug 1 '15 at 5:26

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