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Text Editors And Help
Surprisingly enough, I've a request for help involving text editors.

I've been using Notepad as my text editor for a while now, as I like simplicity and reasonably quick loading times. It's been working perfectly thus far, I've learnt to insert HTML pretty much automatically, and there's no complaints about anything.

However! My laptop has recently been showing significant signs of attaining its Final Form, and the Final Form being primarily composed of bluescreening. (And, you know, fifty thousand wings.) Saving regularly would solve my problems on that score, but would also require discipline on my part, rendering that solution unworkable. I was just wondering, therefore, if anyone could recommend a good, preferably freeware text editor with autosave capacity and not much else? I'd be most grateful.
I use TextPad for absolutely everything (including coding this site), and a quick check in the preferences tells me that yes, it has an autosave feature. It's simple yet powerful, with a barebones look that really appeals to the geek in me. It's shareware, not freeware, though--the full version is a little pricey for a text editor (about $30 US), but when you use it as much as I do....

Download here: http://www.textpad.com/download/
Another option is NoteTab:


NoteTab Light is freeware, and that's what I use as my text editor. It doesn't have as many features as the paid version, but it has everything I need -- including autosave. My computer can be a bit temperamental when running a video file simultaneously with other programs. You can also use NT to strip HTML tags from a document, though I wouldn't recommend the auto-HTML because IMO it's rather clumsy.
I think all of these handle it, although I could be misremembering on some of them:

* Notepad++ - http://notepad-plus.sourceforge.net/uk/site.htm
* PSPad - http://www.pspad.com/en/
* Crimson Editor - http://www.crimsoneditor.com/
* Metapad - http://www.liquidninja.com/metapad/

(You can just tell that I'm writing my posts in anticipation of us finally implementing Textile or Markdown, can't you?)
Decidedly belatedly...

Thank you all very much for your help! I'm now using TextPad, and it's got pretty much everything I could need. I'm definitely going to keep this list around, too, just to show others in my situation and to experiment with.

...That is all, really. Which kind of makes me wonder why this post should have taken a month to write. I guess that's how you know it's good.
Glad we could help! I've been fairly absent from the site lately, too, and I'm the admin, so uh...don't feel too bad? :-P