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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 start..run 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 file..open 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 at 9:39

So many people have lost notepad files over the years -- it seems that an autosave feature would have been built in by now? An automatically saved notepad text would take so little memory... and save lots of people lots of trouble. I do not know how "heavy" it would then make the programme.

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This is not an answer. –  Andrew Schulman Dec 22 '13 at 16:59
    
@AndrewSchulman he's saying no, notepad doesn't have the feature, but that it should –  barlop Jul 24 at 9:40

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:

%AppData%/Notepad++/backup

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

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