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EditPlus provides a number of powerful and extensible features that make it an excellent text editor for development on the Windows platform. Some of the major features are described below.
 
EditPlus provides a number of powerful and extensible features that make it an excellent text editor for development on the Windows platform. Some of the major features are described below.
  
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==Syntax Highlighting==
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One of the primary reasons to use EditPlus instead of a text editor like Notepad is its ability to highlight the syntax of many common markup, scripting, and programming languages, including HTML, CSS, PHP, ASP, Perl, C/C++, Java, JavaScript, VBScript, XML, and .NET Config "out of the box." In addition, users can create custom syntax files, many of which are freely available to the community [http://www.editplus.com/files.html here].
 
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*See [[syntax file format]] to create a custom syntax (.stx) file or to modify an existing one.
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*See [[syntax files]] to download syntax files.
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==Auto-completion==
 
==Auto-completion==
 
Auto-completion is a time-saving feature which expands a ''short abbreviation'' into a ''complete string''. For example, if you type "if" followed by a space in a Perl file, EditPlus replaces it with:
 
Auto-completion is a time-saving feature which expands a ''short abbreviation'' into a ''complete string''. For example, if you type "if" followed by a space in a Perl file, EditPlus replaces it with:

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EditPlus provides a number of powerful and extensible features that make it an excellent text editor for development on the Windows platform. Some of the major features are described below.

Syntax Highlighting

One of the primary reasons to use EditPlus instead of a text editor like Notepad is its ability to highlight the syntax of many common markup, scripting, and programming languages, including HTML, CSS, PHP, ASP, Perl, C/C++, Java, JavaScript, VBScript, XML, and .NET Config "out of the box." In addition, users can create custom syntax files, many of which are freely available to the community here.

Auto-completion

Auto-completion is a time-saving feature which expands a short abbreviation into a complete string. For example, if you type "if" followed by a space in a Perl file, EditPlus replaces it with:

if () {
}

and positions your cursor between the parenthesis. EditPlus comes with auto-completion files for HTML, Perl, and C/C++ by default.

Cliptext Sidebar

The Cliptext Sidebar displays a list of keywords that can be double-clicked (or dragged) to insert frequently used text in a file. EditPlus comes with cliptext libraries for HTML 3.2, HTML 4, CSS1, CSS2, ANSI Characters, and Control Characters. To show the cliptext sidebar, press Alt+Shift+1 or the cliptext button on the toolbar.

Templates

When creating a new file of specific type, EditPlus can be configured to add some stock content to the new file (such as a file header and footer) rather than leaving it completely blank. The "installed" templates determine which file types show up under File > New, including C/C++, HTML, Java, and Perl, and Java by default.

HTML Toolbar

The HTML Toolbar provides buttons for inserting common HTML tags, picking colors and character entities, and generating tables. To hide or display the HTML Toolbar, goto View > Toolbars/Views and select "HTML Toolbar". The HTML Toolbar can be customized by going to Tools > Preferences > Tools > Toolbar.

  • See HTML Toolbar for suggestions on further customizing the toolbar's look and output.

User Tools

User Tools are external programs that be run from within EditPlus via the User Toolbar.

Function Lists

EditPlus provides the ability to display a dynamic Function List for a file from Search > Function List (Ctrl+F11). Though EditPlus is configured by default to extract functions for C++, Perl, and similar programming languages, it's not hard to add the same functionality for other file types.

Regular Expressions

A regular expression is a pattern (with a special syntax) that can match various text strings. EditPlus has support for some regular expression capabilities built into its Find and Replace functions.

Integrated FTP

You can configure EditPlus to open and edit files via FTP as if they were located on your local file system. However, FTP has serious security problems, primarily the transmission of passwords in plain text over the Internet. It is recommended that you use a program like WinSCP to access remote files securely using SFTP (secure file transfer over SSH). Many people have also complained that EditPlus's native FTP support is prone to crashing, so save frequently.

  • See WinSCP for information on configuring EditPlus as WinSCP's external editor
  • see FTP through external SSH for information on tunneling EditPlus's FTP through SSH using (PuTTY).
  • Note: SFTP option available in latest release; SFTP overcomes the security issue noted above

Integrated Web Browser

Seamless web browser (using Internet Explorer) for previewing the content of your HTML document or Java applet without leaving the editor. Browser window also has common browser commands so you can browse Internet web sites as well as local HTML files.

Managing Projects

Using projects is an easy way to mantain all the related source files together, like a virtual .zip archive.