John, I use Programmer's Notepad for quick (and free) HTML editing - download it at http://www.pnotepad.org
It's pretty bare-bones (e.g. no spell check or CSS tag auto-population), but it's free and simple.
You are all over my questions today. I will check it out for sure. I am looking or something simple as the other editor i found as the top are for building a whole site like dremweaver. I am just looking to build a widget size box to highlight some community activity.
If you get a chance check out my community some new thing happening for our 1 year anniversary.