And now I guess Im going to having to put up with the damned thing once again.
All I want to do is load a txt file into the IDE and upload. Yet to use NotePad++
That makes no sense at all.If you want to load a file into the IDE why would you need NotePad++ ?...R
OP wants to use an external editor, just like you do. Only he/she wants to use Notepad++ instead of Geary. At least, that what I think he/she wants. Looks like English is not his/her native language.
using an external editor alongside the IDE is as simple checking the box in Preferences and then using your preferred editor to edit the .ino file.