I used to use Notepad++ with Auto-Refresh in Chrome. Since updating to 64-bit NPP, however, that plugin stopped working (it was 32-bit only). I decided it was time to upgrade my Editor, so I started using Atom.

I don't really want to preview WITHIN the editor because it's too cramped and, besides, I have 3 monitors.

I already rounded up the usual suspects (i.e. top Google search results), and none of them would work. They include:

  • Browser-refresh
  • atom-browser-refresh-on-save
  • browser-plus
  • preview-plus

Please enlighten me as to reasonable options given these criteria:

  1. Novice programmer (using an IDE may be pearls before swine, but I'm open to it)
  2. Browser must auto refresh when A) file changes or B) file is saved
  3. Windows 7 64-bit (fwiw)

NB: I already tried several options and I've googled my fingers to the bone, so please skip the "RTFM" and "LMGTFY" responses.

Thank you for your help!

  • I don't have an answer, but I cannot urge you strongly enough to use an IDE. Things like text completion, jump to declaration, jump to any function, refactoring, etc are very nice to have, But a debugger is a MUST HAVE. No more adding ech() to your page. Just set a “breakpoint” or two at interesting lines in your code and run. When you hit one, you can examine the call stack to see how you got there, examine variable values and even change them. The debugger is your best friend, bar none. – Mawg says reinstate Monica Jan 24 '19 at 10:54
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    @Mawg Thanks for the input. Debugger FTW! – Mithrandir Jan 25 '19 at 2:45
  • I wish that I could answer your question, but, really, the debugger is even betetr than an answer to that :-) Hmmmm, how about a meta refresh tag in your pages header? Refresh it every second? – Mawg says reinstate Monica Jan 26 '19 at 9:37
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    Update: I recently switched to VS Code with a Refresh on Save extension. – Mithrandir Jun 23 at 2:50
  • Good to hear. Feel free to answer your own question, and accept the answer (you might have to wait before accepting). Doing so would help others who view this question in future. – Mawg says reinstate Monica Jun 23 at 8:10

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