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I was running NotePad and Chrome when my computer suddenly shuts down.

After reboot, chrome was able to "restore" itself such that I didn't lose any data.

However, how do we "restore" notepad.exe?

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as an interesting note, I once was typing into untitled notepads, had a bunch open, and my laptop shut down, but nothing was lost.. 'cos I was using VNC and typing into notepad windows on another computer! a very stable one.. but if that one had shut down i'd have been in trouble. one advantage of notepad over ms word is if working on a file over a network, if the network goes down, ms word can lose a lot(or word 2k3 at least which i've tried).. notepad doesn't. But in a case of a shutdown, notepad is a loser.. i'd be interested in a solution too. – barlop Sep 14 '11 at 4:50
A key is to get into a habit, and it's easy to lose the habit, but to try to get into a habit of starting txt files by going to the directory first and with the help of autocomplete, and create the file so it has a name.. then double click it and start it. Or use a program like typeitin to automatically get to a directory from the dialoge box, by entering a path for you so you just click the button it enters the path you hit enter. So you don't find yourself typing into untitled notepads. Or have a button that opens notepad already in a certain directory. – barlop Sep 15 '11 at 18:31
@barlop you've noticed I was talking about unsaved running notepad.exes. An unsaved file can mean a file that has never been saved before or a modified file that is not yet saved. This solution requires me to hit Ctrl-S everytime i add some data in. – Pacerier Sep 15 '11 at 20:37
well obviously notepad doesn't have an autosave feature, so i'm suggesting alternatives.. I think it's with typeitin you can click a button which will open notepad and the file-open dialog. It looks like textpad and notepad++ have an autosave option. – barlop Sep 15 '11 at 22:16
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No. Notepad is designed to be lightweight and minimalist.

There may be other notpad programs out there that may do what you want.

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@Pacerier yeah try finding out what type of program notepad is, it's called a text editor(in case you didn't know), then it's a no brainer looking up what ones have an autosave feature for untitleds. – barlop Jul 24 '14 at 9:39
word pad may do it. not sure though – Blaine Dec 31 '15 at 10:42
So, microsoft's notepad doesn't create any temporary file, right? – Qwerty Jan 29 at 8:46
@Qwerty, correct. It works entirely in memory. – Hand-E-Food Jan 30 at 23:22

There are lots of text editors that have auto-save save functionality, two of note:

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NotePad++ creates a backup file you might find at:


This trick saved me so much time and work! I hope this works for you too!

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I have found the best solution to this, if you install notepad++ and use 'Resource Hacker' (google it) to change the menu (cut it down) and the icon (change to notepad), and install the autosave plugin in notepad++, then you have something that looks almost entirely indistinguishable to classic notepad! And txt files have the notepad logo.

Also you need to go into settings and turn off a bunch of settings, including under editing tab, turn off line numbering, and change colours in 'style configurator'. The only notable difference is that highlighted text remains black.

Check out this image to see how close it is, you could even cut and rename menu items to look identical but there is no need to be that pedantic.

I just made a zip of notepad++ with the changes I made to the exe.!i1lWyRCI!nwkgu1zxE6Z1XrBTDOZMFKSWvqdqCPgOjH-LDdRpATM

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How to "Make Notepad++ the Default TXT Editor": – g2mk Dec 31 '15 at 11:07

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