Software recommendation: hire a multi-functional plain text management assistant

Plain text is not only the common language text, but also includes various types of program code, coding, etc. Notepad is not enough to handle plain text as a common tool. We can use a free software, Alternate Textbrowser, to manage all types of plain text files as we like.

1. Show previews for various preview needs

HTML and XML files are common web code texts. To preview the web page effect of these codes, first open the text with Alternate Textbrowser and see the web page code; press the F7 function key to see the actual web page effect (Figure 1). If the web code has changed, just press F8 to reload it.


When processing program code, this software can be used to highlight the syntax format, commonly used languages such as C++, PHP, Perl, Pascal, ASM, Jscript, etc. can be displayed. Just select the appropriate language from the Highlighter menu (Figure 2). To display the file in binary format, click the last button (Binary view) in the Alternate Textbrowser toolbar.


Tip: To view the ASCII code table, use the “Tools→ASCII codes” command. To display specific information about the current file (such as the number of lines in the file, maximum or minimum line length, number of blank lines, number of characters, etc.), press Ctrl+I. To preview the printing effect of the current text, execute the “File→Print preview” command. 2.

2. Text editing flexibility for common tasks

Alternate Textbrowser can also meet our needs for text editing. To select the content of the text, in addition to the normal selection mode (Normal), the Line selection command under “Edit→Selection mode” can be used to select by line, just click anywhere on the line and drag the mouse; Column selection for the selection by column, you can drag out the rectangular selection (Figure 3).


For find and replace tasks in text, a variety of find and replace options are available through the Edit menu (Figure 4). Or you can use shortcut keys: Ctrl+F and Ctrl+H for normal find and replace; Alt+F for find in file; Ctrl+Shift+F and Ctrl+Shift+H key combinations if you need to form special find and replace conditions with regular expressions.


Tip: As an aid to text editing, use the Tools menu to invoke Memo and Calculator. In addition, right-click on the file tab to get the current file name and path and use it. To send the current file by email, execute the “File→Send” command.

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