Notepad++ is generally a pleasure to use but it does very occasionally crash and empty whatever file you happened to be editing at the time too... Here's where you can find a backup version to recover your file if this ever happens to you too: C:\Users\YOUR_USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\Notepad++\backup Note: At the time of writing I'm running Notepad++ v126.96.36.199 on Windows 7 Professional, but you've not got anything to lose by trying this for other versions of Notepad++/Windows. Thanks to Indrajit on Stack Overflow for posting the solution originally!
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