A text editor is a program that allows for editing of plain text files.

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Why is so hard to use the dash character?

When typing texts on Word, Notepad or even in Google Docs. I want to use the dash symbol. Note that symbol is used in dialogs. All keyboards simply doesn't have the dash symbol (Alt+0151), so most ...
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Some pretty fixed width font for Windows? [closed]

With Mac, I like the font of Menlo for text editors. With PC, it's hard for me to find some pretty fixed with font, and I don't like the Courier font that I have to use for emEditor. Could you ...
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How can I edit a file if there is no vi, vim, joe, etc?

Is there a way to edit a file if there are no vi, vim, joe, mcedit? In another words is there a way to edit a file using just the shell commands?
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I'm using Bash in “vi mode”. What's the hotkey sequence to edit the current command line using an external editor?

In Bash's "Emacs mode" (set -o emacs), I can edit the current command line in my favorite external $EDITOR. All I have to do is press Ctrl+X then Ctrl+E. But, because I have switched to Bash's "vi ...
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File association for editing on a mac

I'm quite experienced with how file association works for opening files on Mac OS X. I recall reading somewhere that OS X keeps not only the information about which apps can open a file, but also ...
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Change default text editor to Sublime Text in Linux Mint

I've installed Sublime Text 3 from the .deb found here: http://www.sublimetext.com/3 Now, how to set it as the default text editor in place of gedit in Mint 16?
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Customize text editor and terminal to use non-monospaced fonts without the horrible results?

I want to experiment with all fonts, including those that aren't mono-spaced. I understand the reason for using monospaced fonts, but frankly they don't seem legitimate to me. For instance, one ...
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Notepad++ like editor for linux which highlights words on right clicking

What I'm looking for is the Notepad++ feature where I can highlight words on right clicking and choosing one of the 5 styles (so that all instances of that word get highlighted with that color), in ...
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How does one open multiple tabs in TextWrangler?

No, I'm not bluffing. I really can't figure this out. The setup: I went to File -> Open, and then selected a directory rather than a file. As expected, a directory tree opened on the left side of ...
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Vim Editor is very smart?

I am programming in C++ or Java. I want to use the Vim editor, and have heard that I can configure the Vim editor to be able to go: From an object to the definition From a function to the definition ...
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Is there a way in Sublime Text to display find results in a panel at the bottom of the current window?

This is a highly useful feature in other editors eg. Eclipse and Notepad++ You get to see the list of find results printed as all the containing lines with their lines in the buffer, which gives you ...
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Editing CSV files in Ubuntu

What is a good way to edit CSV files in Ubuntu? The files look something like this: This,is,data,with,a,header 2,2,3,4,, 1,,3,,6,6 ,5,3,5,5,6 1,2,,,, 1,2,3,4,8,6 1,,9,,5,9 -1,,3,4,5,6 1,2,0,4,5,6 ...
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Text editor for translators

I'm trying to translate a book as a hobby project and it's a bit of a pain software-wise. I don't need translation memory, just solid alignment of original and translation and highlighting of ...
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VIM: How do you get the last ex command you used?

I find that sometimes I write a really long ex mode command that do lots of stuff. They are sort of "mini-scripts" that I write in the text editor then I start ex mode and copy them into the ex line ...
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Notepad++ Tweaking

Is it possible to get Notepad++ to have background themes like other text editors have? I know that you can have syntax highlighting, but I've seen editors like Eclipse and Visual Studio have ...
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What is emacs? What makes it so popular? [closed]

What is EMACS ? I only know that it is some kind of text-editor, but what makes them it popular? How it different from the default text editor in windows which is notepad ? I read about it on ...
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How do I change the default text editor in Ubuntu

How can I change the default text editor for console programs in Ubuntu. When I run mutt and send a message, it currently loads up Joe and I would prefet to load Vim. I know I can change $EDITOR for ...
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Flipping Parentheses

I have some text with flipped parentheses. For example, instead of (text-in-parentheses) I have )text-in-parentheses( Is there an easy way to flip all of the parentheses in the text? If so, how? ...
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How to know cursor position index in an editor

I'm working with an HTML file, and I need to know my cursor position index in the overall file. In Visual Studio, I can see the line number and column number in status bar. In Notepad++ too, in the ...
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Vim style cursor movement for Notepad++

I was just wondering if there was a way to get "vim" style cursor movement (i.e. 'hkjl' movement). After spending much time with vim, I have gotten used to not having to lift my hands off the keyboard ...
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Open unknown filetypes in text editor?

Is there a way to open files with unknown extensions, or no extension, in a text editor by default? I'm mostly interested in doing this on Windows 7, but it would be nice to know how in Mac/Linux ...
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How do I read a text file's hidden characters?

I've created a text file from an application that I developed. When I send the text file to a SYSTEM validation, they (third-party system) say that the file is invalid and that the file contains ...
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How to fix vim textwidth during editing?

When editing files that I limit in my .vimrc to tw=80, when I come back to edit them later, the line-lengths end up all over the place. e.g. lets say for the sake of argument that this line hits 80 ...
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How Does One Remove Duplicate Text Lines From Files Larger Than 4GB?

I am looking for an open source (possibly 64 bit) windows text editor that will allow me to remove duplicate lines from an extremely large (4GB+) text file. What do you use to remove duplicate lines ...
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LaTeX editor with project management for Mac

I tried a few of the LaTeX editors for OS X. TexMaker, TexWorks, TexShop and TextMate/BBEdit offer syntax highlighting and some additional features to edit single tex files. On Linux I've been using ...
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What software allows editing text with furigana professionally?

I'm studying Japanese and need to write a lot of text with furigana. I've been using Word so far but my main concern is that entering furigana is not only quite clumsy (no hotkey) but what's more ...
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how to block select, move, copy, paste in vi?

I am trying to migrate from Notepad++ to vi. In N++, I constantly rely on block edit (or "column mode"), as it is a great increase in productivity: I can select a rectangular area of text by pressing ...
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Good Linux editor (nedit replacement)? [closed]

I'm looking for a nice lightweight programmers editor for Linux/UNIX. I currently use nedit for normal text, and Eclipse when I want a new IDE. Nedit has some UI quirks, and hasn't been updated in 5 ...
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Matching digits in Notepad++ extended search mode

Notepad++'s manual is rather vague on the special character for numerical used in extended search mode. It says: \d### - Decimal value (between 000 and 255) but literally entering "\d###" doesn't ...
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Are there any light weight text editors (like Notepad) but with alternate background color?

I'm searching for my programming tool, i.e. a text editor. I like Notepad very much but I want a text editor with alternate background color for each line. Just like the background of the picture ...
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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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(How) can I use my Mozilla dictionaries in my texteditor?

A large majority of the stuff I write is written online via Firefox or in emails via Thunderbird. I use the English and German spell-checking feature a lot and I find the spell-checking works to my ...
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Most Windows-like text editor that can be used through PuTTY in NetBSD?

Please help me find an editor that behaves more like the modern Windows editors do, that I could use on a NetBSD box through PuTTY. This includes the absense of the distinction between ...
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Notepad++: select text till the end of visual line with SHIFT+END

In Notepad++, when I press SHIFT+END to select text from the current caret position till the end of the current visual line, the whole logical line till its end limited with CR/LF is selected. An ...
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Why do text editors think this file is UTF-8?

I have two text files, which I'm giving download links to rather than a pastebin to preserve their contents precisely: field1.txt field2.txt Both of these text files consist only of spaces, ...
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Does SciTE have a setting similar to Vim's colorcolumn?

For those who don't know what colorcolumn in Vim is - it displays a vertical line after a custom amount of characters. Very useful to keep track of line lengths when writing code (so they don't get ...
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Transparent background in Notepad++?

Is there a way to make the background of Notepad++ text editor transparent like Eclipse? Perhaps, there is a plugin which does this job.
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What are some alternatives to word processing with Markdown?

I've used MS Word-style editors for a long time, but I never got used to how unintuitive and cumbersome they are. I'm not talking specifically about MS Word, but also other editors that seem to mimic ...
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Unix command-line editor for big files

I sometimes run into the problem where I need to replace just a few characters in files ~10Gb. As I only have 2Gb RAM, opening such a file with Vim or nano will consume all system resources. The way ...
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CLI Text editor with rtf capabilities for Windows

I'm looking for a command line interface program that gives me the ability to write formatted text easily interoperable with MS Word and OpenOffice. I figured RTF would be the common ground. An ...
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Which command line text editor has the closest keybindings to Notepadd++, Gedit, or Kate (or any modern CUA style editor)?

I'm looking for a text editor that has an amazing common user access (CUA) mode (or can be configured to have it) that resembles closely modern editors like Notepad++, Gedit, Kate, Sublime, etc. I've ...
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Plugin for Notepad++ 5.8.6 to list bookmarks of current file

Is there a plug-in for Notepad++ 5.8.6 (the last version before the huge ugly Find dialog!) to list all bookmarks set for current tab in a dockable window? The user should be able to jump to any ...
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Can I have sudoedit check `$EDITOR` like visudo does?

As far as I know, the major difference is that visudo has a simple parser for seeing if /etc/sudoers (and other sudoers files) is goodly; however, I also noticed that, when I set EDITOR=emacs, ...
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Text editor for Mac OS X [closed]

Does anyone know of a good text editor for Mac OS X which will organize HTML tags?
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Notepad with line numbers

I'm looking for a text editor with as few features as notepad, but with the addition of line numbers. Does anyone know of such an application. Edit I've used Notepad++ and Notepad2 in the past and ...
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Deleting Duplicated Lines In TEXT File?

I am trying to cleanup a text and for some reason every line duplicated 3 times am i able to get ride of duplicates with regex or tricks or do you know a software which could do that , text file is ...
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Linux Text editors able to work with very, very long lines & fixed length records [closed]

I've got a fairly simple problem here: I have a piece of text which is one giant big line (~150,000 characters). No line breaks, and it's a fixed-length flat file (i.e. it was produced by a COBOL ...
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How to extract regex matches from a file on windows

I use lot of regular expressions. I'm using EditPadpro for all my editing purposes. Most of the time I'll have to extract all the regex matches in the file to another file. Is there any software that ...
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Editor with muti-line search and replace

I am looking for text editor for Windows which is capable of performing search and replace operation of multi-line text block. It should be able to run this operation on a folder or currently opened ...
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Light weight editor that allows file editing through its own FTP client

I am using Windows and I need a lightweight editor where I can edit files through FTP. The saving feature should be very fast. I have been using UltraEdit but maybe something better is out there. I ...