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    Wanted: basic Text Editor with sort function

    Hello,

    Can anyone recommend a 'lightweight' text editor that has a basic sort function (to sort words alphabetically) and search/replace (including paragraph marks etc)? Currently, I'm using metapad and I like the way it loads very quickly but it doesn't have a sort function. I tried PSPad which was quite nice but much more than I need and it was a little sluggish to open.

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    Re: Wanted: basic Text Editor with sort function

    See <post:=548,707>post 548,707</post:> recently. NoteTab Light (the <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> version) does sort but I don't know how deeply you can get into selection as I haven't ever had the need.

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    Re: Wanted: basic Text Editor with sort function

    I too use MetaPad and love it. But for what you want to do I would recommend, EditPad Lite, which is the FREE version of "EditPad Pro". I started with EditPad Lite and bought the Pro version a short time after. I've been using EditPad for years now and wouldn't be without it.

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    Re: Wanted: basic Text Editor with sort function

    Thanks for the replies, I must have been through over a dozen of the editors listed at Nonags. So Far NoteTab Light seems the best replacement. It has basic alphabetical sort and a decent search and replace. I tried EditPad Lite but unfortunately it had none of the features I wanted (seems they are only in the Pro Version).

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    Re: Wanted: basic Text Editor with sort function

    I still use the PC-DOS 'E' editor, sadly limited to ~300 KB files and abandoned in the rush towards OS/2. Loads of wonderful facilities for the enthusiastic text file chap, but sorting is by columns not paragraphs...

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    Re: Wanted: basic Text Editor with sort function

    I have recently installed PSPad . It is free and has both sorting and search and replace.
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    Re: Wanted: basic Text Editor with sort function

    Thanks for the reply. I started out by looking at PSPad but it seems a bit heavy to load up and I couldn't figure out how to make search and replace work on paragraph marks - my test file had 80 words each on a single line and I wanted to join them each separated by a comma and a single space. Can you make this kind of replace work? I couldn't.

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    Re: Wanted: basic Text Editor with sort function

    I too could not find out how to make Search and Replace work on paragraph marks (although it is a sophisticated S & R)

    I found this workaround.

    1 Replace "end of line" $ with a comma. This puts a comma before the end of each line.
    2 Select all lines, then go to: Edit...Lines manipulation...Join Lines This makes a single line with a space in place of para marks.
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    Re: Wanted: basic Text Editor with sort function

    Hello Chris,

    If your file is not too large you can try doing the replace stuff with MS Word, if you have an Office license.
    Just replace (ctrl+h) "^p" (without quotes) with " " (without quotes).
    For more complex tasks you will probably need a regular expressions-compliant editor. This site has a nice tutorial on regular expressions (regex).
    I guess most of the power editors recommended above are regex-compliant.

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    Re: Wanted: basic Text Editor with sort function

    EditPad PRO has asort function. Unfortunately, it's $50 to buy, though I think there is a trial period.

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    $50 for a text editor????? Sheese. No matter how robust it is, I think some software authors are getting a bit full of themselves.
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