Can someone please provide some tips on getting column markers to show (vertical lines) when viewing text files with fixed width column based data. (not csv). Notepad++, wordpad any freebie will do. Ultraedit/Kedit does it nicely but is not free. It does it as shown in this link . I would have used excel but excel does not show text like a text editor. Ideally after setting column markers if I click anywhere in the file I would like to know which column it is , it's width, cursor position from start , cursor position within column. Any pointers on this will help.