Ahh, there's always a Vim fan there! I'm sure it's the greatest thing going once you get it all sussed out. Anyway,
It depends what you want to do, but for what you want, why use a text editor? You can use
Comes on all Unix systems in various forms with various capabilities. Various versions are available for Windows. One version that's fairly cheap is
2. The best of all Windows search and replace tools, hands down, and it's FREE is BKReplace Em
Full RegEx support, including group substitution (in other works you can do
abc(def)ghi(jkl) $2$1 and get jkldef.
You can also save search and replace sets and run batch jobs with multiple, sequential search and replaces. Will change your original files or back them up.
3. If you want a freeware editor with RegEx,
- Hapedit has basic multi-file regex search but not replace
- EditPad has it, but in *paid* version only