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    edit 80 column data file (2003)

    I would like to be able to use Word to edit a data input file for use in a DOS program. The data file is a standard 80 column format and the data has to be in the right set of columns to be read correctly. The last time I did this, I was using WordPerfect 4.2 and don't remember having to do anything special. However, that was a long time ago <g>. What do I need to do with Word to keep the columns aligned when editing and saving the text file.

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    Re: edit 80 column data file (2003)

    Word normally uses Courier New (a fixed width font) to display plain text files, but if it doesn't do so automatically, you can set this font manually, and 10 points as font size.
    Make sure to press Enter to start a new line - don't rely on Word's automatic wrapping.
    Don't use any character formatting.
    That's about it - with a bit of care you should be okay.

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    Re: edit 80 column data file (2003)

    thanks.

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    Re: edit 80 column data file (2003)

    I seem to be picking extra line returns. I can delete them doing a search an replace for ^p^p, but they appear again.
    I'm saving as a plain text file, windows (default).
    BTW, the files are large, about 25MB (240,000 lines)
    Any suggestions?
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    Re: edit 80 column data file (2003)

    When you save as a text file, there is an option whether you want to use Cr/Lf, Cr only, Lf only or Lf/Cr as line end. Try Cr only. Otherwise, I don't know. Perhaps a plain text editor would be better than Word.

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    Re: edit 80 column data file (2003)

    I agree. The only reason that I went to Word is that the file will load in WordPad, but I can't edit it. I was under the impression that WordPad didn't have a limit. Apparently it does.....

    Know any text processors that might work?

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    Re: edit 80 column data file (2003)

    See the thread starting at <post:=548,626>post 548,626</post:> in the Software Finds and Wants forum.

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    Re: edit 80 column data file (2003)

    Thanks for the references. I'll check them out.

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    Re: edit 80 column data file (2003)

    (Edited by HansV to make URL clickable - see <!help=19>Help 19<!/help>)

    We went with Ultra-Edit and Ultra-Compare ($60 for package). I like them both and the Ultra-Compare does a good job of comparing files sid-by-side.
    http://www.ultraedit.com/

    Thanks again for your help!

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