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Text editors keyboard shortcuts macros and appreciation for the most useful app on your machine.

Thursday, 29 August 2013 10:58
I apparently have a thing for text editors.
Text HEX editors - Dave Horner's Website
Rectangular selection or column mode - the best text editor feature ever. - Dave Horner's Website
jEdit - programming text editor - Dave Horner's Website
ViM - IMproved "visual editor" - Dave Horner's Website

It isn't about any particular editor specifically. Just all of them, the idiosyncrasies of each. As computer users, we're forced to learn where each of them fall down when working with different types of data, or trying to extract certain data quickly. The fact that notepad has shipped pretty much unchanged since windows 3.1 has always bothered me. The fact, that wordpad is a better editor than notepad when reading unix/mac formatted files, is something that we all shouldn't have to learn on a base install of our favorite OS. (not to mention, Ctrl-G, doesn't work with word wrap enabled) Why hasn't notepad been replaced with something like Notepad++, or heck the isolated visual studio shell? I don't know. We install what we need.

and then there's some editors we don't even need to install

hosted, or host your own online text editor.
Sign up for Standard or Premium! | Cloud9 IDE | Online IDE – Your code anywhere, anytime
Ace - The High Performance Code Editor for the Web
Etherpad - ether/etherpad-lite

Common keyboard textual shortcuts

Move to start of previous word. – Ctrl+Left Arrow
Move to start of next word. – Ctrl+Right Arrow
Delete previous word. – Ctrl+Backspace
Delete next word – Ctrl+Delete

Notepad can't goto line when wordwrap is enabled.

No really. Apparently the lines wrap, and that math is hard or something.

VS2013 introduces ALT+Up and ALT+down to shift lines up and down

Do you know that you can easily shift code lines in #VisualStudio 2013?


Atom Recommended GitHub Atom Packages for Web Developers


emacs is an environment and world unto itself. It is more than just a text editor.
Org mode for Emacs – Your Life in Plain Text - Org mode is for keeping notes, maintaining TODO lists, planning projects, and authoring documents with a fast and effective plain-text system.
EmacsWiki: Site Map
Readline Cheat Sheet - Emacs editing mode, you could man readline, or man bash and search ^READLINE but this cheat sheet is so much more pretty.
EmacsWiki: Multi Term - MultiTerm is a mode based on term.el, for managing multiple terminal buffers in Emacs.
Aquamacs: Emacs for Mac OS X - Ctrl-H t built in tutorial.
Howardism: The Thoughts of Howard Abrams
ErgoEmacs ErgoEmacs is a modernized version of emacs. It improves emacs's difficult keyboard shortcuts, menus, outdated terminologies, and with many more added packages.
EmacsWiki: Evil - Evil is an extensible vi layer for Emacs. It provides Vim features like Visual selection and text objects, and is the successor to Vimpulse and vim-mode.

Multiple Cursor || good selection and input tools

Most people credit SublimeText with best or most well known "Multiple Cursor" support, the feature is very similar to Rectangular selection or column mode - the best text editor feature ever., but having sparse insert entry is pretty cool.
Multiple Selection with the Keyboard - Sublime Text 2 Documentation
magnars/multiple-cursors.el -
Emacs Rocks! - Episode 13: multiple-cursors
IntelliJ IDEA 13.1 RC Introduces Sublime Text Style Multiple Selections | JetBrains IntelliJ IDEA Blog
Multiple Cursors | Cloud9 User Documentation - Ctrl-Alt Selection > Multiple Selections
What’s Mining: Multiple Cursors and Selection | JetBrains RubyMine Blog
Brackets 0.38 Release (Multiple cursors) – Brackets Blog

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