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    Notepad/WordPad (Windows XP Pro)

    I keep a log book entry in a txt file. Is there a way to have NotePad or WordPad go to the bottom of the file each time I open it instead of the standard default of it going to the top? It is a long list with entries from over 3 years and, since it is just a flat text file, I know of no way to do a sort order to reverse the order of entry. Any ideas?

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    Re: Notepad/WordPad (Windows XP Pro)

    Both Notepad and WordPad are relatively simple programs; there is no way to automate them the way you can automate Word.
    But a simple Ctrl+End will take you to the end of the file (this keyboard shortcut works in most Windows programs)

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    Re: Notepad/WordPad (Windows XP Pro)

    I have hung on to an ancient DOS sort program called QSORT which I usually use, several times a day, to sort stuff in vertical columns (not in the Excel sense, of course). This would work fine provided you have your text file with the fields in fixed positions, as in
    <pre>Bloggs Fred
    Bloggs Joe
    Chandler Raymond
    Potter Harry
    etc
    </pre>

    Let me know if it's of any interest. I also use the IBM PC-DOS editor called E, as I have done for the last twelve years or so. This also has a sort, but the file size tends to be limited to around 300 KB or so.
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    Re: Notepad/WordPad (Windows XP Pro)

    You might want to take a look at a product called TextPad, which I use a lot and which has much nicer features than either NotePad or WordPad but creates regular txt files. For one thing, you can create and save a workspace in TextPad, which allows you to open all the files in that "workspace" automatically. It also has some really nifty search features you can use across the files in a folder.
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    Re: Notepad/WordPad (Windows XP Pro)

    Hans,
    Thanks, great tip - works just fine.

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    Re: Notepad/WordPad (Windows XP Pro)

    JohnGray,
    Thank you for your kind offer, but it is mostly paragraphs of text and code snippets, no columnar order.

    BTW, I still use a DOS program called QPRINT, I got it about 10 or so years ago with a Borland product, if I remember correctly. It might be a utility brethren to your QSORT.

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    Re: Notepad/WordPad (Windows XP Pro)

    Charlotte,

    Thank you for the tip, I have been using TextPad for a while now and like it a lot, but have not set my default file association for txt files to 'open with TextPad'. Actually, I don't use Windows NotePad either, I substituted it with EditPad from JGSoft but wanted to ask the question here in the Windows forum to see if there was a generic solution that might work in other editors as well. As Hans suggested, using CTRL-END, while not automated, is so easy and simple, I should be ashamed for not thinking to try it, as I do use it often in Word.

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    Re: Notepad/WordPad (Windows XP Pro)

    As far as I know, Notepad and Wordpad don't know how to save the cursor position. I'm afraid the only alternative to scrolling is to use the shortcut Ctrl+End as soon as you open the file.
    Or, if you think it's worthwhile, there are a lot of freeware / shareware text editors with better brains on offer.

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    Re: Notepad/WordPad (Windows XP Pro)

    As long as you don't mind a date and time stamp, Notepad does what you want. One useful function it has had for as long as I can recall.
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