get Allaire Homesite. it's by far the best text-based editor out their right now. and it's got GREAT help files for someone learning like you.
Plus it can be integrated w/ Macromedia's WYSIWYG editor dreamweaver. And unlike most (if not all) editors does not change the format of your code (organize the lines into indents and spaces you done want or need) www.macromedia.com