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

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Looking to create a batch file capable of editing a line (or word) in a text file

I have a text file (...\config.txt) containing 2 lines which looks like: Preamp: -4 dB Include: surround.txt I need to change "surround" to "headphones" in that config file. I really need to make 2 ...
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Cannot export some parts of a PDF created with autoCAD to text

I have a PDF coming which someone created with AutoCAD from a .dwg. I need to export this back to .dwg (or .dxf) and I am using Inkscape (save as->dxf format). Everything is fine except that text is ...
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Using Notepad++ to view text files that also contain lower ASCII control characters

When using Notepad++ to view text files that also contain some lower ASCII control characters (such as NUL, BEL, and ACK), it shows every lower ASCII character in brackets like this: [NUL][BEL][ACK] ...
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How do you reuse a visual mode selection?

Often when editing code, I'll select a block in visual mode and do a search and replace over the block. After I make the changes, however, it leaves visual mode. How do you do a new find and replace ...
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Is it possible to start a text selection, jump to another page without moving the caret, and then end the selection range with shift-click?

Is it possible to start a text selection, jump to another page without moving the caret, and then end the selection range with shift-click? If I use the navigation pane, or the "Go to" command, the ...
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Remove lines ending with a specific format in Notepad++

I've got a simple array in Notepad++: bla.vmt" bla.vtf" bla_exponent.vtf" I want to get rid of the lines ending with .vmt and _exponent.vtf.
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LibreOffice presentation: wider text background, like html padding?

When setting a text's background in a LibreOffice presentation, it may look like this: Is there a way to increase the background size, as in making it wider? I'm trying to get an effect similar to ...
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Split a string in ksh

I am looking for a quick/easy way to split a string in ksh. It has varied number delimiters (spaces) between each item. Example: value1 value2 value3 Any suggestions/advice?
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What is a quick way to find the number of lines in a piece of copied text?

I'm not sure if this is the right forum for asking this question. But here it is. Suppose I copy some text from a webpage - Arsenal F.C. London Aston Villa F.C. Birmingham Chelsea F.C. ...
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How to change text color on dark background in Adobe Illustrator CS6?

How to make text color white on dark background in Adobe Illustrator CS6? Please help! I created New... 1280x720. Placed Text. But I want the text to be white on the blue background. I changed the ...
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Different structure when I copy text from PDF

When I copy and paste text from PDF, it shows different than it appears in the original. For example: In the original is "Hi my name is Victor and I am 23 years old". When I copy and paste the ...
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Is there a way to create invisible text?

I would like to create a text file (the format doesn't matter) whose text is invisible. I don't mean a hidden file. A normal file with invisible, copiable text. Or could it be displayed the way ...
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Beyond-compare wont ignore line-breaks?

I have this comparison : I want those line to be treated equal. but it showes me they are different. I already applied those settings : What am I doing wrong ?
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replace file's content between specific line numbers with another file using BASH

What is the most efficient way to replace file's content between specific line numbers with another file? Here is a sample: main.txt: a b c d e f g h i j k l new.part.txt x y z p q r s t u The ...
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Clipboard addon to remove text formatting

I was just wondering if anyone know of a Windows application that will remove formatting from any text in the clipboard? So if I copy something from Word into another document, the content is pasted ...
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Can you edit the contents of an Excel cell without having to double click it?

I have a list of about 10,000 name/addresses that I have to manually cleanse in Excel (fun!). As you can imagine, having to double click to enter almost every cell to edit it is a drag. And it's ...
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How can I insert a line break over 100 times for a given text string?

I got this very, very, very long text string that consists only of e-mail addresses. It's so long that it goes off my screen several pages to the right. It makes it impossible to read. It looks ...
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Vim: changing tabs to spaces

I know this question has been asked many times, but I'm not finding a solution to my problem in particular, mostly because I can't even really identify the problem. Here's the timeline of events: ...
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Converting tabs to spaces in many files

I have a lot of files with tabs littered throughout, and I'd like to convert them all into spaces. I know about the expand command, but unfortunately I would have to type out every single file using ...
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How to paste Excel data as fixed-width text?

If I copy data in Excel and paste it in a text file, I get tabs between cells. That's not good, I want spaces - and I want the columns to be aligned. How can I achieve this without a lot of effort ...
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Substitute large numbers of files according to style guide

I'd like to do a wholesale reformatting of our tests, and I'm cleaning up some inconsistent capitalization. I'm thinking of using awk to do this, since sed falls a little short, and since I need ...
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Substitution in text file **without** regular expressions

I need to substitute some text inside a text file with a replacement. Usually I would do something like sed -i 's/text/replacement/g' path/to/the/file The problem is that both text and replacement ...
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Efficiently stripe incoming one-word lines onto columns?

Consider a stream of one-word lines such as the stdout of $ echo foo bar baz quux xyxxy thud | tr ' ' '\n' foo bar baz quux xyxxy thud I say "one-word" to indicate there is no whitespace other than ...
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why does an Excel column formatted as number lose its leading zero when the column is formatted as text?

I have to export a spreadsheet to CSV. One of the columns is a zipcode with east coast zipcodes that have a leading zero. When I reformat that column as Text hoping to preserve the leading zero on ...
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How can I update a text frame in Scribus from a text file

I'm using Scribus for an instruction manual translated into several languages. Is there a way to update a text frame, which was already filled by "Get text..." from a plain text file, without loosing ...
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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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Combine two files column-wise in Ubuntu?

I have two files: one is like preface Introduction chapter 1 the other is like 1 2 3 I was wondering how to column-wise combine the two files into one: preface 1 Introduction 2 chapter 1 3 ...
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Is there a way to prevent notepad from inserting new lines when using word wrap?

I remember it wasn't doing this before but now when I am writing a few paragraphs and paste it into a forum post, I notice my lines were broken into new lines where I have to merge them manually. Is ...
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Having trouble closing my circle text

I'm using Microsoft Powerpoint 2010 to make some text boxes for a slideshow. I know how to use the Transform section to make circular text shapes, but I'm having trouble making a complete circle. I'm ...
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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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easiest way to change text to UPPERCASE/lowercase in windows 7

I want to change a size of letters from upper to lower case in every field where text could be typed (internet browsers or notepad, or explorer). But i don't know how it could be done instead of ...
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How can I edit Unicode text in Notepad++?

Sometimes I edit English text that includes Unicode characters. For some reason, on my PC, Notepad++ converts Unicode characters to ???'s thereby corrupting the text and losing all that data. I'm ...
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Why does the margin on a numbered list over 99 become large (2007 Word)?

Have a numbered list in 2007 Word. Everything was fine until item 100. At 100 and on, the margin between the number and the text is very large. How do I make it normal? Thanks! i.e.- 98. ...
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Replace \r\n with newline in Notepad++

How do I replace the string "\r\n" with the same characters? Example: Hello World.\r\nHello World. replaced with: Hello World. Hello World.
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sed, delete from MarkA up to but not include MarkB

Expression in math term, I'd like to delete a region of [MarkA,MarkB). I.e., the deletion happens right when the keyword MarkA is encountered, all the way to keyword MarkB, but not including that line ...
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How to Remove Columns from a Notepad++ File

I want to remove a column in the middle of a txt file in notepad++. The length of the file is approximate 50K+ lines so i prefer to not have to hold down a key while the cursor slowly makes its way ...
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Scan for duplicate files with different extensions

I am looking for duplicate file names with different file extensions. Here is the command I run: find -maxdepth 2 -type f \( -name "*.avi" -or -name "*.mkv" -or -name "*.mp4" -or -name "*.mpg" -or ...
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Replace text when in visual-block mode

Maybe I'm searching the wrong way, but I've failed to find out how to do this. Here's the scenario: I have a list in a text file where I want to insert the same word on multiple lines, here's an ...
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Insert horizontal blank space in pdf of homework questions

I have a pdf file of homework questions and I want to write my answer directly underneath each question instead of writing my answer separately on an exercise book. Is there any way to insert blank ...
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How do I make uniq only consider the first field?

I am using FreeBSD 3.2-RELEASE If I have some sorted text, like this last output— zikla13:Oct:20:22:34 zikla13:Oct:5:00:31 zikla14:Oct:17:22:01 zikla14:Oct:12:23:35 zikla14:Oct:12:23:34 ...
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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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Setting up a search tool to match any cell containing a 1 in certain digit location(s)

I have a search tool I am developing in Excel. In Column "EU", I have cells, each containing a string of 124 digits. These strings consist of 0's and 1's. I have 124 characteristics that produce the 1 ...
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CudaText: After saving, undo is no longer available?

In CudaText it appears that there's a problem. If I: Make a change to my text Save the file And try to undo, then the change isn't undone. Is this a known problem? Any fixes?
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What does ctrl-opt-v do in OS X?

If you edit text on a Mac and press ctrl-opt-v, nothing appears to happen. But if you now use the arrow keys to move the cursor, you will notice that it will "stand still" at the point where you ...
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Notepad++ inserting special Unicode characters in UTF-8

What's the best ways to enter special Unicode characters into a Notepad++ document? Do I have to rely on the operating system (Windows)? Looking for a see-and-click solution. I can bring up the ...
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Copying straight text from latex generated file

I'm trying to do some corrections to a PDF documented generated from latex. To do the corrections I first copy the text out of the PDF. What happens is that in the generated PDF, the words are cut ...
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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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How can I justify plain text in Linux?

I'm composing a plain text (.txt) document that has left-and-right justified paragraphs. I manually add spaces, breaking words with hyphens if necessary, until the lines are uniform length. To use an ...
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Small, light text editor / note taker with built-in strong encryption?

I've been using a little app called SafeSex to jot down notes securely; however it's not been maintained for ages and lacks polish. However, it does have Blowfish encryption built-in. My question is: ...
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How to split large file on Windows?

Is there a tool to split large text file (9Gb) into smaller files so that I can open it and look through? Anything usable from command line that comes with Windows (XP)? Or what's the best way to ...