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

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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 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 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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How can I send myself an email that becomes a text file on my hard drive (or on Dropbox)?

Evernote has a very helpful feature that lets me send an email to a special address and which makes that email into a new note. I'd like to duplicate that functionality, but without being locked into ...
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Using Firefox's 'View Source' with BBEdit results in a blank file

I use Firefox for browsing and BBEdit for text editing. I want the 'View Source' command in Firefox to display the source code in BBEdit rather than in Firefox's own window. I have adjusted the ...
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Editing docbook

I need to edit a docbook resource with a decent, cross platform WYSIWYG editor, being also able to include latex style formulas, images and svg plots. Then, I need to create pdf, html and import the ...
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Notepad++ find and replace string or text with new string or text

I have some code several hundred lines long and I want to find each "String" and replace it with a different "String". Example below... $BR360Button.Add_Click({BR360Button}) ...
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How to replace text within two words on TextWrangler?

I have a large XML file with hundreds of thousands of lines, and I need to replace data between two words (tags, in reality). Ex.: <foo>Sample Text</foo> Where I need to replace ...
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Can I change the user name for Word 2013 track changes while signed in to an Office account?

I've been provided a hard copy of comments and changes to a document. My task is to add them to the electronic file. I changed the user name via Track Changes Options (pictured) to the original ...
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What’s the best way of tagging bits of text for future manipulations (e.g. changing their position, their content, etc)?

Let’s say I am trying to design a personal foreign language dictionary file. The initial format of the entries is like this: • [1] [2] [3]; ...
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To compile Pandoc Table in Editor by selection

Pandoc table in Tex document based on this discussion --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ...
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How to copy text side by side in Npp or Sublime text?

I have to 2 text files . First is A B C D Second is 1 2 3 4 How do I copy both file contents side by side like this in Notepad++ or Sublime Text . If these both don't support this then please ...
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How to find and replace string data in text file

I'd like to be able to parse a text file which contains data such as: 2014-08-06 18:06:15 e:\shared\filename1.Shared orphan entry BM-100 2014-08-06 18:46:15 e:\shared\filename222.Shared orphan ...
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Delimited sized columns in notepad++

I'm currently building string messages to send to an IBM server. Basically we have the definition of the fields, but when I build the message using notepad or Notepad++ sometimes I make mistakes ...
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Split large OpenOffice file into smaller parts

I have an OpenOffice file with 2,000 pages and I need to break it into 50 parts with the same length. How can I do that?
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How to search and replace a string in multiple text files (within a directory) with Windows CMD? Part 2

This is in relation to this question . Unfortunately, PowerShell scripts are disabled on the system I am working on. I can't even use a simple (Get-Content). I did figure out how to do change ...
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Single column completion?

TL;DR: Is it possible to make emacs use single-column completion? When using emacs' completion mechanisms and there are multiple possibilities, then completions are displayed in a separate window, ...
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How to append a CR to end of all .txt files in a directory

Is there an easy way to do this? I'm actually combining about 500 files using copy *.txt myoutputFile.txt. The problem is, that command inserts the new/next file at the current/end position of the ...
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Select multiple non-consecutive lines of text

In Eclipse 4.2 Workbench, I'd like to select multiple lines of non-consecutive text at the same time. For example, I want to highlight and copy line 1, 4, and 10 without having to highlight, copy and ...
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Is there a paste-replace shortcut?

Hello all :) This is be a petty request, but it is like an itch to me right now for a specific project: There are shorcuts for copy and paste, but I often find myself moving bits of text between each ...
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How do I disable the overselection of text in Windows 7?

Is there a way to disable the overselection of text in Windows 7? Specifically, when I double-click a word Windows will select the word, then any whitespace after it. word1 word2 word3 wordetc If I ...
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Why is Word 2007 not allowing me to select or edit above text with cursor?

I have a problem selecting or editing text in Word 2007 which is above the cursor's current position. I am unable to select any text or even just click in the upper part of the document text, but I am ...
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Which editor can I use to create a nested hierarchy?

I'm using OpenOffice (don't have Microsoft Office). I'm designing an application and I want to create a hierarchy similar to what the image below shows. There can be several nested levels of ...
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Change data from columns to nested list

I need to move data from this format: node 1 node 12 node 121 node 1 node 12 node 122 node 1 node 13 To this one: node 1 node 12 node 121 node 122 node 13 Is there an ...
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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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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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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 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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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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CKEditor configuration, prefer img tag atrributes over inline style

Looking for a way to disable a feature in CKEditor that messes with attributes height and width on my and converts them into inline styles. The version of CKEditor is 3.2 and I have access to config ...
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Vim, highlight repeated words

When writing a technical document (papers, blueprints...) it's very likely to repeat a keyword, and a lot of time is wasted in trying to replace repetitions with synonyms. A very helpful tool in this ...
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Why has no-one made a predictive keyboard driver/library? [closed]

On mobile devices we're used to our devices anticipating what we are typing and completing or correcting at least some of our mistakes, increasing text entry speed and, it is hoped, accuracy. From ...
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Remove lines efficiently in Vim

How can you remove given lines efficiently in Vim? I want to remove all lines which match this :g!/div/ I unsuccessfully ran: :g!/div/s/^*//g
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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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Using sed, how to print all lines that match a certain date?

Using sed, how to print all lines where the birthdays are in November or December? Assuming input file name "datebook" as follows: Steve Blenheim:238-923-7366:95 Latham Lane, Easton, PA ...
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Win7 Built-in Text Editor with File Change Notify

Is there any built-in software that will allow me to view a text file but will also notify me if the text file I am editing/viewing is changed by another process? There are third-party solutions for ...
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Process plain text data

I've this plain text file that I need to be automatically examined and results written in another plain text file. Note that I'll use plain text and CSV interchangeably, since CSVs are plain text ...
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How can I make a Windows 7 allow me to edit a data file?

I am running a Windows 7 operating system. I would like to edit a data file named "hosts" that is found in the following library: c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts The OS does not allow changes, ...
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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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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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how can I use the ctl+arrow windows shortcut to navigate through each word in a text at Mac?

How can I use the Ctrl + Arrow windows shortcut to navigate through a text sting on a Mac?
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Simplest way to erase and replace content of multiples text files

I'm trying to do quite a simple thing. I have 40 text files in which in need to delete everything and replace with the content of a template text-file. What is the easiest/fastest way? NB: I don't ...
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JSON formatted text file makes CPU jump to 100%

I'm editing a JSON formatted text file in Mac OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2) on a 2.3 GHz Intel Core i7 with 8 GB of RAM. The file is approx. 3 MB large so it's not very big. Anyhow this is making both ...
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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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Prevent breaking of specified part of paragraph

For example, we have a paragraph: Quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog How can i prevent breaking the part "the lazy" ? I means, that this string will be incorrect in my formatting: Quick ...
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What is the name of the Mac OS X text editor that uses a green and yellow lotus flower icon?

I'm pretty sure there's a Mac text editor out there that uses a green and yellow lotus flower as it's icon but I cannot seem to remember the name. Can anyone help me out?
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What does `-n` option in sed do?

This is the man page entry for -n: -n suppress automatic printing of pattern space I notice that when not using -n for certain operations, each line is printed to stdout (and the requested ...
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Extract multiple strings between two words in a file

I have a text file made this way: hjkhkhkjhkh<start:"xxxxxxxxxxxx:"alt>asdsadasd<start:"yyyyyyyyyyyyyy:"alt>gfhfg ...
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How can I use advanced text editing in Notepad ++?

I have a little question. I've saved in a text file all the folders with sub-folders and files library of my music hard-drive and I try to clean this with notepad++. I've removed the path of the ...
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Print or grep lines which start from second column

I want to print lines which start from second column (first column is white space). $ cat test.txt first second third four second five seven Output should be: second second ...