After comparing the features using the wikipedia charts, I eliminated Notepad2 since it lacks quite a bit of functions that are found in the top 3. I had already eliminated Notetab Light since it has pay for versions and therefore disables some functions in the free light version.
While searching for above info, I stumbled on a Wikipedia comparison of text editors. This is a goldmine of information to compare text editors. Here's a link to it:
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The top 3 with the most functionality that I decided to check out are
Have installed these 3 free editors and will see which one I prefer. Thanks all for your input,