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

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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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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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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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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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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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Search all within opened tabs with Sublime Text 2

Having Sublime Text 2 Text Editor: Is it possible to search within all the tabs that are open? How?
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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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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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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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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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How can I make vim show the current class and method I'm editing

Does anyone know if it's possible (or know of an existing vim script or plugin) that can create a "status bar" that shows the name of the current class and method (or function) I'm editing? I'm ...
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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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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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Word 2010 how to make absolutely no space between lines? (example pictures included)

I cannot find any answers on google on how to do this. I want literally no space between lines. But to Microsoft Word 2010, no space means this: But I want literally no space. Like this: I think ...
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Toggle Syntax highlighting in Notepad++

I am running into speed-issues for big files, whose extension is recognized by Notepad++ which will be syntax-highlighted. Is there a Shortcut or option to assign keys to toggle Syntax-Highlighting in ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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How to edit a really large file in Windows [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Text Editor for very big file - Windows NOt a programming question I know but related to a program I am writing, and probably a problem only likely to be encountered by ...
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Which are the non-x text editors in Powershell?

Are there some editors like emacs, vi/vim, specifically for power shell, if so which are the best? I will have to do some work on windows and I need some unix productivity - which means for me shell ...
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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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edit files in unix

I started to work in unix for couple of weeks ago and can very little about unix. Everytime I edit a file, a temp file~ appears in the filesystem. What does this mean? Can I just remove all these ...
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How to version control for a solo author creating non-programming documents?

I'm a writer, not a programmer. I'm just now for the first time learning about version control and how it works, and I am wondering how version control could streamline my workflow. For years, I've ...
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Vim: edit multiple lines

I was looking for a way to edit multiple line simultaneously. I found that Ctrl-V + selecting the lines + I should be the solution. The problem is that, for me, after pressing I (in fact Shift-i) I'm ...
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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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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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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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Can I chown /etc/hosts so my user owns it so I can edit it without sudo?

It's a bit inconvenient to have to sudo emacs /etc/hosts whenever I want to make a change to my hosts file, especially since I don't use a Terminal-based editor primarily. Could I change the ownership ...
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Are there any text editors that center text? [closed]

When I open up a OpenLibreOffice text, the text shows up more to the center of my screen in a nice page metaphor (with the margins showing up nice and well). A nice side effect of this is that my text ...
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How do I change or replace all instances of a character in a text file to a newline/line break/EOL in Notepad2 or Notepad++?

I tried Notepad2's 'Replace Text' function, but I don't know what to put in the 'Replace with' field. The OS I'm using is Windows 7.
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How do I use a graphical or text based EDITOR on linux based on logging in locally or remotely?

I can set my EDITOR variable in my .bashrc to e.g. gedit, which is a nice graphical editor on ubuntu. But when I log in over PuTTY that editor will fail. What is the best way to detect if I'm logged ...
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In TextWrangler for Mac OS X, how to change the selected text to lowercase using a keyboard shortcut?

I know how to use the menu to change case, but I want it to be a keyboard shortcut. Other text editor have this feature but I would prefer to stick with TextWrangler. Does one already exist or is ...
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opening sql file hangs most of the editors but not notepad++

I sometimes need to modify url in big sql files. I usually open it up in some editor and do search and replace. On windows machine notepad++ works perfectly, it never hangs and feels snappy to show ...
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Sublime Text 2 doesn't render text properly if I start the application with my Acer display attached

I'm using a Macbook Air. If I start Sublime Text with no external displays and then attach the display everything looks fine. But, if I attach the display first and then start Sublime Text the text ...
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Text editor to find and replace in columns for multiple HTML files?

I have a server, and I need to change around 1200 HTML files. Is there an editor that will find and replace columns in multiple files? Currently, I am using Notepad++ for editing, but I'm struggling ...
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What is the shortcut key or menu option to evenly space out variable/array declarations in Notepad++?

I usually use Textmate, which can do this by pressing option+command+right-bracket and it evenly spaces out a selection of declared variables with values. Same goes for arrays as well, it will space ...
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Is there a way to combine multiple TextMate windows?

After files have already been opened in separate windows, is there a way to combine them in TextMate 1.5.9? Or, is there a way to get CyberDuck to open group files edited at the same time as TextMate ...