Notepad++ makes things easier, why would you make things harder for yourself by sticking with notepad, you get syntax highlighting (easier to read), code collapsing (easier to maintain), much better features, spell checking, mass search and replace and you can have all your documents open in tabbed windows
That's what I thought as well, but I still consider myself a novice and I like the simplicity of Notepad. i.e. I make a mistake, I find it myself, I fix it.
That said, I take your opinions on board and Notepad++ will be installed this morning.
It's very difficult for a newbie, just to know where to start, how to progress and how to determine you're ready to take the next step. Alex, I notice you posted something like a 5-point plan on another thread. Things like that are really helpful, and help all us beginners who are slowly stumbling in the right direction.
I started using Notepad++ shortly after learning about it from reading this forum. Always used plain old Notepad before but wow...the ++ is well earned. It lays out the (choose your language) beautifully. Color highlights syntax so errors are easier to spot and gives you line numbers to help narrow in on mistakes. I thought Notepad was plenty until I switched. It was a great move for me. Hope it works out as well for you!
Old notepad will always be where I started, but in just two weeks I couldn't go back. I'm definitely not using it to its full potential yet, but the colour highlighting is so good to help you spot the mistakes.