thanks quazi and rojo.
I noticed after this post that notepad++ has a record macro feature, so I'll probably test that out first. [edit: nm, the macro recorder in notepad++ won't record find/replace actions, presumably because it only records what happens while the main program window is in focus[not the find/replace child window])
but what I meant quazi, is I have to find and replace several things in a row, in a certain order, like
Find "applesauce", replace with "butter"
Find "apple", replace with "pear"
Find "you", replace with "me"
Find "bloodcell", replace with "nanobot"
it's a long sequence of these, that I'll probably have to do a few hundred times before I'm done developing my current project. So it'd save me alot of time and carpal tunnel, if it was automated, and I just hit one key, and it did the whole process for me.