Text editing is the process of selecting and preparing text [files].

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Search & replace with wildcards and variable length strings in Notepad++

I am trying to edit a series of strings in Notepad++ using search & replace. What I'd like to do is to search for a particular piece of HTML code, then delete a portion of it. The challenging ...
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Is there way to add Language shortcuts in Mac OS X?

On iOS, I could add a language short cut easily in settings. Like gd stands for "have a good day". Is there a way of doing that on a Mac? I don't know if this is even possible since OS X doesn't ...
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Swapping two values without using an intermediate one

In a given text file, generally speaking, if I want to swap two things, say the word apple with the word orange, and both exist in the document, then I first have to change one of them to something ...
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How can I avoid using the cursor keys in Notepad++?

I've started programming after an 8 year break. I'm using Notepad++ and I like it, but taking my hand away from the main keyboard to the cursor keys to get around the file is really slowing me down. ...
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How do I split a wrapped numeric list into several lines?

I have some text in this format all on 1 line: 1v YHWH said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness, and God created man in his own image. 2v And God formed man from the ground, and he ...
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Is there a difference between the tab symbols when using “Show White Space and TAB”?

I have a tab-delimited file that I have opened in Notepad++, was having trouble parsing it, so turned on View->Show Symbol->Show White Space and TAB. I noticed that there were two different types of ...
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Different Font styles in Editplus

I would like to have keywords to be appear Bold and variable names,Comments and Strings should be in normal style. is that possible
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Unicode problems in Mini Lyrics

Shri guru granth sahib ji is epic granth for sikhs. I am working on the project for creating karaoke of guru granth sahib. I am using Mini Lyrics for this for synchronizing speech to text. But this ...
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Edit one file in two different buffers in emacs

I would like to open the file foo.bar twice (or more) in emacs, so I can edit two different parts of it simultaneously. Is it possible? Probably the better question is, how to do it? Is there a way to ...
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Edit a very large textfile [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a text editor for very big files? I've a 3 gigabytes big log file and I have to edit just a few rows. With Notepad++, I can't edit the file at all. Does ...
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How to do a search-and-replace in Opera for textarea context?

How do I do a search-and-replace in Opera for a textarea's context? I have a web page with html form and I need to input and edit large text in this form. Easy example: Stay on this page, scroll ...
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Getting vi/vim syntax highlighting used by certain user

At work most web-development we do, is done in vi/vim, on a debian-server. Sometimes we have to alter some files as root, and the syntax-highlighting-model of that user (root) is absolutely awesome. ...
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What's is the easiest way to append ';' to the end of lines which contain the char ':'?

I have a text file, whose content is like: body font-size: 12px color: blue td font-size: 14px ... I want to append ; to the lines which contain :, so the content will be: body ...
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Is it possible to type a floating “c” letter?

I have a close friend that has a Scottish surname "McGregor". However the "c" in the name needs to be aligned to the top of the "M". I have searched through alt codes but cannot spot it anywhere. Does ...
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How do I insert line breaks into a text file - not programming, not fixed width - via find & replace

This is a different from someone else's similarly-titled question. Neither Excel nor OpenOffice allow users to specify line delimiters, so I'm trying to replace semi-colons with line breaks. How do I ...
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How can I use the vim editor to format the text like this?

I have a data.txt file, the data format is something like this: a|Êó• a|Êõ∞ a|Ôõ∏ a|Ôùã aa|Êòå aa|Êòç aaa|Êô∂ aamh|Êöò all I would like to do is convert the following text into this result: 'a' ...
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What is the ^I character and how do I find it with sed?

I usually import data from csv files to MySQL, but my data provider leaves NULL entries as "", so I need to replace "" with "\N". This is easy enough with a script like for csvfile in *.csv do ...
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Can't edit Microsoft Word template

I am trying to change an existing Microsoft Word template. It's the 28 line legal pleading template found here: ...
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Match and delete in Notepad++

I have the following text in Notepad++. 192.168.0.1 37 ms N/A 192.168.0.2 Dead N/S 192.168.0.3 ...
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Is there a fast way to change multiple links in a HTML file?

I have a HTML file containing the code for an image map with over 200 links, like this: <area shape="RECT" coords="410, 7, 438, 35" href="/ItemDetails.jsp?item=os_landranger_1"/> The problem ...
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Is it possible to change the default text cursor orientation from vertical to horizontal?

In almost any application or Windows component, the text cursor usually appears as a vertical black line -- in Notepad, browser address bar, the Run window. Is there a setting I can tweak in the ...
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How to do Linux-like file modifications on Windows command line?

I need to do some more or less easy replacements in certain files on Windows machines. This is part of an automated software build process, so to be able to reproduce it on all build mashines I ...
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Can you insert line breaks into a Rich Text Content Control

I have a rich text content control on a Word 2007 document which is auto-populated from a database query. The control just contains text but ideally I'd like to be able to insert a new line inside the ...
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Free tool for graphical representations of XML files

I need a tool which displays an XML file in a nice way. With "nice way" I mean a way on which I can fold and unfold all the nodes. Is there any free tool that runs on Windows Vista that does this ...
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editing software for redundancy checking

I'm looking for an editing program that can check for redundancies (sentences, paragraphs, sections) within a document and between 2 documents. Does this exist? Any advice appreciated.
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How to reverse the order of multiline text sections separated by blank newlines/line breaks?

How to reverse the order of multiline text sections separated by blank newlines/line breaks... ..., with a simple command or application, preferably without programming? I don't want a sort, but a ...
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UNIX: how to merge 2 text files?

Is there a way to merge 2 text files into one (by appending the content of the second right after the first one) in Unix ?
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Typing a column of numbers (1,2,3…)

I am writing a C# program containing these lines: Console.Writeline("1"); Console.Writeline("2"); [...] Console.Writeline("26"); Is there a quick way to type the 26 numbers? I'm using Visual ...
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Replacing all white spaces with commas in a 46MB text file

How long should replacing all white spaces with commas take in my 46MB text file using a simple text editor such as textmate on Mac?
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How to add a new section to a numbered list in MS Word?

In Word how can I add a section into a numbered list? I have a large software requirements document that is organized using a numbered list, so I have a few paragraphs as 1, then maybe some ...
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Detect (from autohotkey) if a text input field is focused

I want to implement a series of hotkeys using Autohotkey (mostly to improve my effectiveness), but I want them to only be active when I'm typing text, and not when I'm navigating or playing. I know ...
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How to select a word with keyboard when the cursor is on or adjacent to the word?

It is possible to select a single word by double clicking on any part of the word. With only my keyboard, is it possible to select a word when the cursor is on or adjacent to the word?
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How can I do a batch find replace?

I'm writing a piece of software which requires the creation of a number of nearly identical blocks of code that only vary in a few locations which need to be replaced by a unique value for each ...
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Cygwin - how to edit a read only file?

I'm trying to edit /etc/hosts using Vi in Cygwin but it's read only. Is there a command similar to sudo? How do I edit a read-only file? Thanks
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How can I modify/edit a message in a local folder of Thunderbird?

I have migrated from Outlook to Thunderbird. In Outlook I have many folders with notes. Notes migrated to Thunderbird as messages. Now I want to edit some of the notes with additional/changed info. ...
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Is it possible to view two files simultaneously in Geany?

I tend to be a simple text editor user, but when I want IDE-like features, I've been using Geany. One thing I find bothersome about it, though, is I can see only one file at a time. Sometimes I want ...
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Is there a XML editor similar to Inkscape built-in editor?

I have been looking for a "perfect" XML editor, and today I realized the one used in Inkscape is exactely the way I would want, because: It has multi-panel (tree, attribute-list, and value ...
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Exclude some matches with sed

I have a series of files with entries(namespaces in source code) like FW.WGS.Web.HHH.Controls, FW.WGS.Web.HHH.Email, FW.WGS.Web.HHH.Account, etc and some with entries FW.WGS.Web.Controls, ...
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Wrapping word configuration in mac

When i am using TextWrangler and double-click a word "game" in a sentence like "game.score", the word game is selected, but the both words and dot "game.score" is selected instead in some other editor ...
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How to delete each number at the beginning of a line in Notepad or Microsoft Word?

I have a list like this: 1 http:// 2 http:// 3 http:// 4 http:// 5 http:// I would like to remove 1,2,3,4,5 without doing this manually for each line. The only tool I am using is notepad in a bare ...
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When I open text documents, they immediately print?

Every time I open a text (.txt) document on my PC (Windows 7 Ultimate x64), it immediately begins printing on my default printer. What is happening and how do I turn it off?
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Multiline select in Notepad++

In Sublime Text, if I perform a find for an occurrence of a particular word, not only is this occurrence found, but it is also selected and has the cursor at the end of each occurrence so that pushing ...
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Editing files on linux server from windows

I want to edit text files on Linux server from Windows, using text editor like Notepad++ or UltraEdit. I've managed to do so using WinSCP. It can edit files remotely and offers me to choose local ...
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How to convert text to decimal in openoffice calc?

I have a column which contains: € 53,28 € 1.336,0 € 69,90 € 296,50 € 899,00 € 149,90 € 697,40 and so on. I want to sum the column up, but for openoffice it is text and not a decimal. What I did: ...
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Remove Byte Order Mark (BOM)

Background Run SQL files using pgsql that were edited with gVim on Windows. Problem The BOM character causes syntax errors with pgsql. I would like to edit files using gVim and, when saved, no ...
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Find and Replace several several different values all at once

I have a file with multiple instances of Text_1 and Text1 and I need to replace both those strings with Text_A and TextB respectively. Currently I'm doing two Find and Replace functions on each ...
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Looking for an automated solution than can search a text string and replace the whole line which contains it on a group of text files (Windows)

I'm looking for an automated solution than can search if a specified text string is on a line (may not be an exact match - just as long as the specified text string is contained in the line) on a ...
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I Need to Degarble a Text File

Here's my dilemma: I'm NaNoWriMoing in a text file backed up with Dropbox, and so I was offline for about 5 hrs and working on my novel. Unfortunately, the computer overheated/ran out of ...
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Is it possible to define a custom movement in vim?

Is it even possible? What I mean is, many vim commands can take a movement to operate on, can I define a custom movement so that I can tailor my edits to an environment? The specific command I'm ...
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Replacing text in file at certain width

Is there a program that I can use that will let me replace text at a certain width? Example: I want to replace 20-26 with 0s. From: ...