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I am looking for a free Windows text editor with the following features:

  • Word auto-completion: I want to be able to press Ctrl+Space and have the editor auto-complete the current word based on all the other words in the current file.

  • Kill trailing spaces: The editor should automatically remove all trailing spaces. I don’t care when it does that; for example, it could do it when I save the file.

  • Column select: The ability to select a rectangular region of text (using Alt+Shift+Arrow keys), and the ability to select a thin column and insert text into multiple rows.

  • Search and replace within multiple files

Please no for-pay answers. Thanks!

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What OS are you running? –  Ian C. May 16 '11 at 15:37
    
@Ian: Thanks! Can’t believe I forgot that! –  Timwi May 16 '11 at 15:58
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On Windows I usually turn to Notepad++ when I need a free editor with robust features. It does all the things you've asked for, including column-based selections.

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Thanks, tried it, but I’m looking for an editor that can find stuff reliably. This one just says “Can’t find the text” when it’s obviously right there. –  Timwi May 16 '11 at 17:14
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Can you give an example of the string you're trying to match? I find it's matching to be quite powerful. –  Ian C. May 16 '11 at 17:22
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I would suggest textmate its well worth paying for.

you can do autocomplete see the manual on that

here is a how to remove white space

if you hold the option keydown you can select a block of text

and if you have multiple files open you can press command, shift , f to do global replace

I will note that this is a mac program though, I'm sure the is a pc equivalent

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Not free. –  Timwi May 18 '11 at 19:12
    
yes I'm aware but that wasn't a requirement when the original post was made –  mcgrailm May 19 '11 at 15:46
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Vim can do all those things, with the possible exception of "Column select", depending on what you mean exactly by "insert text into multiple rows." Vim provides for inserting text into a rectangular region, but it will not flow text within that region.

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Give Araneae a try, I believe that it has all of the features you are looking for.

http://www.ornj.net/araneae/

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Not free for commercial use... :( –  Timwi May 18 '11 at 19:12
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