While aggregating information for an article or school paper, we often use Windows Notepad to copy-paste or type the content or information temporarily. And while in the flurry of finding about a topic on the internet, sometimes we forget to save the text in these Notepad windows. You spend so much time typing in the Notepad window but it all gets lost because you forgot to save it, perhaps because you had some other things on your mind. If you know the feeling and it has happened to you before, then you can protect yourself from such mishaps from happening in the future through the free Notepad Backup Manager application.
The Notepad Backup Manager application keeps a close watch on all the unsaved Notepad instances in Windows. Any window with the title “Untitled – Notepad” will be recorded by this application. However, if you save the contents of such a Notepad window, it will stop monitoring that Notepad window. But if you somehow forget saving the contents and accidentally close it, then the contents of such a Notepad window shall be backed up the Notepad Backup Manager with an option to restore them.
The Notepad Backup Manager program comes as a portable program, although it requires you to have .NET framework 4.0 pre-installed. You can download it from the developer’s website in form of a ZIP archive, extract the contents to a folder and run NotepadBackupManager.exe from there.
The main Notepad Backup Manager window gives you options to choose a backup folder. By default the folder is set to C:\Shadow\NotepadBackups and there is no harm in leaving it to the default setting. You can also toggle the backup service on or off, and change the frequency of time after which the unsaved Notepad window content is backed up.
As Notepad Backup Manager keeps running in the background and you close unsaved Notepad windows by mistake, a backup of their contents is immediately saved and you can see a list of all such backups in the Notepad Backup Manager window. You can open the backup directory by clicking on the Directory link in the window to access the backups.
Conclusion: The Notepad Backup Manager application addresses the small annoyance caused when you lose all the data by closing an unsaved Notepad window accidentally. If you use Notepad as your primary text editor or as a scratch pad, then you are going to benefit from this application at one time or another.
You can download Notepad Backup Manager from http://steinsolutions.com/home/NotepadBackupManager/about.html.