J Melvin

@Patrick C. Notepad3 does an excellent job of replacing Windows Notepad in both versions 8.1. and Windows 10. I usually supplement it by merging a companion registry file that extends Notepad3 file associations to *.reg, *.xml and other files I want to open with a text editor. But alas Notepad3 it is not as robust as EmEditor, particularly with respect to search and replace. But your second observation gets to the crux of my issues with EmEditor: once you spend hours customizing EmEditor and then, subsequiently, do a clean install of Windows (as I like to do when upgrading to avoid conflicts and compatibiility issues) you lose all the settings and have to start from scratch.