Sometimes a man has things that a man needs to do.

Like make a list.  There are many ways of making a list, to be sure.  Sticky notes, scratch paper, erasable board on the fridge.  On the PC, you could use Excel, Word, or Notepad.  The first two are like cranking up a 747 to go down to the corner store – they work, but it’s a little overkill (and they take so long to start up!).  Notepad is – well, it’s from Microsoft, and it has its limits.  One of the limitations is that files can’t be bigger than 64K.  Not a problem for a grocery list, but it could be an issue for longer lists – books to be read, or favorite Bible verses.

Sure, Microsoft’s Wordpad is an option, but we’re trending towards the airplane model for two-mile transportation.

My choice of text editors is Notepad++.  This free editor is anything you want it to be – car, airplane, submarine, bicycle, skateboard, farm tractor, Greyhound bus.  I’m not sure of how to say it – probably “notepad plus plus”.  I just use it.

It has a tabbed interface, which makes it easy to use, and you can use it for simple file comparisons that way.  It remembers which documents you had open the last time it was closed: convenient as an external memory!  Very simple to drag-and-drop words and lines around.

Other neat stuff it does: you can tag with a blue dot any line(s) to look into later.  It also highlights the current line for you.

When you highlight a word, the editor also highlights other instances of the same word.  very convenient for looking up names.

Block edits.  Windows is line-oriented.  By holding down the ALT key, you can define a block of text that you can then delete.

Sorting: highlight what you want to sort, then choose the options as shown:

Show me only what I want: This nifty feature works with what’s on the clipboard so you can exclude everything else.  The picture shows the effects, plus how to get there.  On the clipboard was th, so this shows the books that have that in the name.

It does automatic parentheses matching (helpful in straightening out run-on sentences)

It understands (and highlights) the syntax for almost 50 different computer languages.  It can trim trailing spaces, and close up double spaces.  I have edited files that were tens of thousands of lines long without problems.

All this, and more, waiting for you to explore.