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How to replace multiple spaces by one tab

I've some text files which contain some colums seperated by a various number of spaces, but instead I need one single tab as a seperator. Is it possible to do in Bash?
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Hard wrapping in vim without joining

Vim newbie here. How can I hard wrap plain text in vim (inserting actual linebreaks), respecting word boundaries, without joining existing lines? For example, given this: Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet,...
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Anti-aliasing Japanese text on Windows 7?

On most websites that display Japanese text, it does not appear anti-aliased in my browser, while Latin text of course does. Kanji is universially anti-aliased, which is somewhat understandable, but ...
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wrapping long bash commands in script files

How do you wrap a long command to the next line within a bash script file? As a simple example, I want to run the command "pushd . && cd /foo/bar && ls && popd" From the ...
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Efficient way to index text files

I have a series of text files I'm downloading from a Yahoo Group and I'd like to tag them and index them. What program will help me do this?
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copying text from web to Microsoft Word 2007

I have some problems with my Word, usually when I was pasting some text from web, Word also saved format of the text and backgrounds but after I changed some settings and lost this ability of Word, ...
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Very small computer for note-taking, with full-size keyboard

I am looking for a very small, lightweight computer with a full-size keyboard for taking text notes. Ideally it would be 500g or less including batteries for 16 hours of use. And writing text is the ...
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Cannot update the spacing before/after a numbered paragraph in word 2010

I cannot change the spaces in-front/behind of paragraphs when they are numbered. Please see my screenshot for details. Is this a bug? Or I am doing something not properly? Please discuss.
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What options are there for generating custom text snippets on the Mac?

As I am getting more heavily into programming as a job and no longer as a hobby, I am definitely in need of some ways to improve my productivity. One thing that would definitely help in that respect ...
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cleaning up pdftotext font issues

I'm using pdftotext to make an ASCII version of a PDF document (made with LaTeX), because collaborators prefer a simple document in MS word. The plain text version I see looks good, but upon closer ...
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How to get Excel MAX function to give text of cell adjacent to winning cell?

Can anyone suggest a way to make Excel find the maximum value of two cells, then, depending on which is larger, give the text contained by another cell in the MAX cell's row? Currently I have "=(MAX($...
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Sort text file of blocks

There are plenty of tools that will sort a text file on the assumption that the unit of interest is the line, but are there any that work on blocks? Example: name = Mercury order = 1 mass = 0.06 ...
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Removing the last tab of a line in a file

I have a text file which consists of tab delimted fields terminated with a CR/LF. Before the CR/LF an extra tab has been inserted effectively creating a blank field at the end of every line. I would ...
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Vim syntax highlighting disappeared for text files (.txt)

My to-do list is a plain text .txt file that I load in Vim. In .txt files Vim has always coloured hash marks (#) and the text following them on the same line, which I use to mark out urgent to-do ...
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What the best program for string manipulation [closed]

I would like to know the best program (Surely a text editor) to make string manipulation like string substituion. By the way, I would like to do the next: String manipulation of type String ...
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Looking for a Mac OS X terminal program that allows line wrapping to be disabled [closed]

Are there any replacements for Terminal.app that allow the line wrapping to be turned off? By turned off I mean in such a way as to cause a horizontal scroll bar to appear? I've seen proposed ...
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Very, *very* strange characters on Mac OS X after copy-paste from PDF

I did a copy-paste from a PDF, the text that should have been pasted is: (\<(/?[^\>]+)\>) But, instead, I get some VERY strange characters. Demonstrated in the following screenshot: The ...
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Text formatter tools

I make notes in textual format, for example ## TODO list 1. do this 2. do that ## SOMETHING ### ANYTHING 1. do this 2. do that Are there tools to change this text into HTML or LaTeX format? I ...
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How to find files with given character encoding?

I am looking for a tool that for given directory will find all files having particular character encoding (like UTF-8). Do you know such a tool? EDIT: OS - Windows XP
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How to refer to a menu entry in text?

Are there any official (vendor specific?) guidelines how to refer to a menu entry in a program? If I open Microsoft Outlook help there is always a listing 1. Goto Tab x 2. Click on item y 3. ... ...
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Text from pdftotext and alignment

I used texttopdf on linux to extract all the text from a multipage pdf, everything is fine, except that each page get a different alignment, although in the original pdf this is not the case, here is ...
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How to extract text from pdf in script on Linux?

On Linux - How to extract text from a .pdf in which text really is text, not a scanned image? I want something I can use on the command line / in a script, not interactively. (I don't want to convert ...
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What is a general term for software that replaces what you are typing in realtime?

What is a general term for a program similar to Texter, AutoHotKey, PhraseExpress or the shortcut functionality on the old Palm OS?
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340 views

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: ...
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Stop Outlook from making text a hyperlink

I have a problem in Outlook (2003) which is really annoying. I don't think it's of my own making but whenever Outlook encounters some words in an email that are simply separated by a dot (.), it makes ...
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How to get Mac OS X text substitutions working on Thunderbird

Is there a way to get this working on Thunderbird? When I right-click on the email message window, the popup menu doesn't include the usual Mac items (Substitutions, Transformations, etc…)
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How to get Pencil-Sketch Effect?

I am trying to get this kind of Pencil-Sketch Effect in Photoshop, but without much luck: Being new to Photoshop, I need either exact steps to bring this effect or links to tutorials. Anyone have ...
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Where do I configure the default text selection behavior in Windows?

(eg. mouse click selects entire word vs. mouse click inserts an active cursor) I find the mouse click behavior of Windows XP and Windows 7 annoying and intrusive. I don't remember Windows NT being ...
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Increment one value in a text line, using script

I have a text file as input. I need to filter that through some program, SED, AWK, whatever, where i need to increment a value in a particular line every time i run the script. What's the best way ...
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awk+regex with GUI on windows?

Sometimes i have text copied from a doc or a browser which i need to process. I figure awk would solve it and maybe a little regex to help. Is there something like this? or do i need to find a ...
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text editor that allows selection of text block, then adds a character at the front of line?

Hi is there a text editor out there that allows me to select a block of text and insert a character to all lines at where I want to? E.g. start of line, end of line, nth position
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NetworkManager in text mode for Ubuntu Lucid

How do I get wireless network when X11 is not running? In my GNOME Session, there is an icon at the top right corner of the screen, where I have configured by home wifi settings, and it connects every ...
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notepad++ remove charater 10 to 20 for example

the title says it all, I can;t find a option in notepad+ for removing for example charater 10 to 20. Do I mis something or is there a other option for it? Example: original line: <div id="dot"&...
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How do I reverse the lines of a file in UNIX

How can i reverse a line in a file in Order Example : Input file : 123 500 1000 LOAN GOD 10000 01000 Output Format: 321 005 0001 NAOL DOG 00001 00010
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how to make bash not to wrap output?

Whenever some command generates long lines as output ( for example, when ls -l a folder which contains files with long names ), the long lines are wrapped to next line, thus messing up the column ...
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How to preserve breaks when copying text from table cells in Word

I have a table in Word 2000 where every singe cell can contain paragraphs. I copy the texts to another program that accepts simple clipboard texts (not rich-formatted, you can use notepad for tests). ...
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Searching for plain text file markup language with simple syntax

I prefer normal plain text files over OpenOffice files, because there are much smaller and the editing is faster. Most text editors open faster than OpenOffice or any other office application. What ...
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cut text into excel and preserve cells

I'm writing a program that emails some data to a few of my employee's One of them tracks the data in excel so I added a purely data line in text to the bottom of the email so he can just copy and ...
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Embedding Text File (Link to text file) in MS Word

I have been trying to embed a text file like we can do with Word files. Go to Insert >> Object Check the box which says "Insert as a link" At this instance, there is no option for text files. I ...
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How to create a multi-line node in Freemind?

How can I create a multi-line node in Freemind? I don't need any formatting, just wrapped text.
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How do I cut-and-paste an email, so that paste will be in pure text (stripping all html)

I need to be able to select and copy and email, then paste it into a textbox (Sharepoint multi-line extended field). It messes things up when you do this directly since emails have a ton of html in ...
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How can I find the words I type most frequently?

Many programs can save you some typing by setting up shortcuts for commonly typed words. For example you could always replace @gm with @gmail.com. I'm having trouble coming up with a list of things I ...
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finding surrounding lines with grep

I know how to use grep to output a line that matches a string. But what if I also want to output one line above every line containing a matching string, how do I do that?
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Test Editing Revert to Standard Formatting

All the time I am editing emails or text documents and I copy and paste text from another source. This changes the the current text formatting styles to that of what was copied and it is always a big ...
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Disk Based Text Editor to Edit File Larger than Memory

I am using Ubuntu and looking for a good editor to edit a file that is > 4GB. I just need to put content at the end and beginning of the file. I suppose I could use something like cat "text to add" &...
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Intelligent “Subtraction” of one text logfile from another

Example: Application generates large text log file A with many different messages. It generates similarly large log file B when does not function correctly. I want to see what messages in file B are ...
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2answers
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Is there a way to do a spell check on the static elements of a webpage?

for example - I want to do a spellcheck on a portion of text already there on a webpage, not necessarily in a textbox. Is it possible through some add-on (Firefox or Chrome) or script? For example, ...
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How to set space between words in MS Word

When I am trying to Justify text paragraph in MS word, random space is generating between words. How can I set equal gap between words and how can I change the setting of Justify
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How to tell Firefox to render various text files directly, rather than asking for external application?

When navigating to various pages that are in a text-based format, such as source code, .tex/.sty files, unix configuration files, &c, Firefox often —I think whenever it can determine the ...
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Is there a freeware program for editing the text stream of PDFs?

PDFs are a great archive format for scanned images, but Acrobat does not allow you to edit the text layer of the document (the part that can copy and paste from) leaving you with just the raw OCR. Are ...