When comparing Gedit vs Crimson Editor, the Slant community recommends Gedit for most people. In the question“What are the best simple text editors for Windows?” Gedit is ranked 16th while Crimson Editor is ranked 22nd. The most important reason people chose Gedit is:
There are tons of [plugins](https://wiki.gnome.org/action/show/Apps/Gedit/PluginsLists?action=show&redirect=Gedit%2FPlugins) for productivity available in many different workflows, such as a dictation plugin, an encryption add-on, a whitespace remover, and more.
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Pro Plugins allow for added functionality and customization
There are tons of plugins for productivity available in many different workflows, such as a dictation plugin, an encryption add-on, a whitespace remover, and more.
Pro Great UI
The UI is lean and minimal. Everything feels quite fast and it is easy to add custom shortcuts for doing things like compiling, deploying, or testing.
Pro Available on all systems that use Gnome
Gedit is the official text editor for Gnome and it's available wherever any version of Gnome is installed. With thousands of people using it daily and not even realizing it.
Pro Project/Folder/Output pane
It can create a project that will be stored in a prj file, which is a text file that can be edited and used across systems. The folder pane navigation is limited to each disk drive. The output pane can be used to capture compilers or other exe's output, and also shows search output while searching in multiple files. You can just click on any line and it then opens the corresponding file in a new tab and shows you the needed line.
Pro Open last working files on start
Can open with all last worked documents - remembers all file positions.
Pro Free software
Pro Regular expressions support
Find and replace (multifile) allowed with support for regular expressions also.
Pro Macro editing
Repetitive lines or words can be recorded as a macro, kept and recalled when needed, since it is permanently stored (up to 11 macros).
Pro Spell check
Pro Return to last edit
Return to last edit option is very good during coding, where we can lose track of where we were.
Pro Column mode
The column mode editing trick, which we could do in MS Office (with ALT + mouse key), is also available.
Pro Very lightweight
Pro Can make a project and configure hot keys to call system commands to make it an IDE
Pro The text window can be split into two or four parts
Pro Custom syntax along with many known syntax and multi level key highlighting
Pro Supports tabs
Supports any number of tabs
Con Not a lot of features
Gedit is a text editor. Though it's simple and fast, it misses a lot of features, most notably auto-complete for several languages.
Con Confusing interface
For example, finding anything in the settings menu is hard. Most other text editors use Edit->Preferences for managing settings but this is not the case for Gedit.
Con Doesn't support dragging and dropping text
Con Further development not happening with the Emerald Community
Con Bookmarks are not permanent
Bookmarks are lost when a file is closed - just like any other editor.