## Simple text editor with "columns"

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### Simple text editor with "columns"

I find the basic Notepad program to be plenty.
Except I really,really want "columns"!

Have yet to run one down. (Free would be nice)

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### Re: Simple text editor with "columns"

I'm not sure exactly what you mean, but I used UltraEdit in the past for some VHDL coding. I think there was also a plugin used that would detect and color text for writing better code.

Otherwise, I might recommend checking out Wikipedia's List of Text Editors. You'll have to do your own digging, but at least you'll have a place to start.
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### Re: Simple text editor with "columns"

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### Re: Simple text editor with "columns"

Cutting and pasting text from a PDF jacks up your formatting, huh?
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### Re: Simple text editor with "columns"

Not sure what "column-select mode" is but what I am looking for
is being able to dictate how many columns are on one page.

I'm making a list of books or movies etc. and they fill up the first column
on the "one" page and then start filling the second column/third/fourth etc..
All on the one page instead of one single endless column page after page.

I'll check out the recommendations listed so far.

EDIT...
Have not seen "columns" listed in the up front list of options for
the text editors. They seem to do hundreds of things I don't need/want.
Looks like I'll have to install Notepad++ and dig through it and hope.
END EDIT

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### Re: Simple text editor with "columns"

jEdit's a little heavy, but I swear by it.
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### Re: Simple text editor with "columns"

You're not looking for "text editor" in the traditional sense, but instead a "word processor." Not sure if the modern version of WordPad will do what you want. Regardless, just download and install LibreOffice and be done with it. It's handy to have around anyway.
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### Re: Simple text editor with "columns"

slowriot wrote:You're not looking for "text editor" in the traditional sense, but instead a "word processor."

This.

Try Word or your equivalent word processing software.
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### Re: Simple text editor with "columns"

superjawes wrote:
slowriot wrote:You're not looking for "text editor" in the traditional sense, but instead a "word processor."

This.

Try Word or your equivalent word processing software.

You can download LibreOffice for free; it basically replaces Microsoft Office. It doesn't have all the functionality, but it has most of the features the average user is ever going to want.
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### Re: Simple text editor with "columns"

Yeah, pretty much what they said. "Text editors" (in the traditional sense) only deal with lines of characters separated by carriage-returns. The only formatting is what the user explicitly types into the document. The reason for this is, plain text (ASCII) files do not have a standard mechanism for storing embedded formatting commands, and consequently the programs which display/edit plain text files don't have the ability to apply anything more than very simple formatting -- word wrap, and maybe some automatic indentation if you're using a "programmer's" editor.

If you want to get any fancier than that, you generally need to resort to explicit markup and/or document style directives (as with HTML/CSS which eventually gets rendered in a web browser), or a word processor (like Word/OpenOffice/LibreOffice) which uses a special file format which is designed to represent the document formatting you've applied.
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### Re: Simple text editor with "columns"

Do you want to see the columns as you're typing or are you more concerned with the finished output? If you just need the ouput in columns Latex would fit your needs pretty well, with the benefit that you could keep using notepad.

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\documentclass{article}\usepackage{multicol}\usepackage[margin=1.0in]{geometry}\begin{document}\begin{multicols}{3}\begin{verbatim}...text...\end{verbatim}\end{multicols}\end{document}
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### Re: Simple text editor with "columns"

Not really on topic but I just use the Midnight Commander for everything. Plays my movies/shows/music by file association, edits whatever, does my FTP for me to the point that I just edit all my HTML changes right on line. It puts up two panels with your machine on one and the other on the ... other.

It's kind of the short attention span types' EMACS.
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### Re: Simple text editor with "columns"

way2strong wrote:Do you want to see the columns as you're typing or are you more concerned with the finished output? If you just need the ouput in columns Latex would fit your needs pretty well, with the benefit that you could keep using notepad.

Sure, he can keep using Notepad to edit the document, but he has to install Latex, and learn how to use it. It's all a bit much just to produce a simple 2-column list unless he's already a Latex user (in which case he wouldn't have started this thread in the first place). Kind of like telling someone who wants a new house to get a degree in Forestry first, then grow their own trees to produce the lumber to build the house out of!

You're over-thinking this. If he doesn't have MS Office already, all he needs to do is download and install OpenOffice/LibreOffice. Format -> Page -> Columns -> 2. Done.
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### Re: Simple text editor with "columns"

Well, I've learned a fair bit. Had no idea I needed a "word processer"

So off to look into "OpenOffice/LibreOffice".
(and hope it does not try to "take over")

With past experiences of installing something and
and uninstalling leaving a mess behind I tend to image
my drive install the program and replace the image if
I don't like it.
A little extreme maybe but I feel safer that way.

Thanks for all thoughts!
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### Re: Simple text editor with "columns"

Since you apparently don't have Microsoft Office installed already, IMO there's little risk of a conflict. (The only problem I could really see you running into is confusion over which application is supposed to open file types that they both understand, e.g. .doc, .docx, .xls, etc.)
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