Running on a USB flash drive

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As we all already know, EditPlus is an extrememly handy and efficient text editor. Wouldn't it be nice if you could install EditPlus on a portable thumbdrive (aka Flash Drive, USB jump drive) so that you can take it anywhere. Are you a programming student or web design student? Does your school's computers have USB ports? If so, this tutorial is for you.


Prerequisites

In order to install EditPlus on your thumb drive, you will need the following:

  * A computer with Admin privledges (your computer at home, for instance)
  * A jump drive (thumbdrive, whatever...)
  * Access to the internet.

Installation

Step 1) Find a computer where you have administrative privledges, like your home computer (hopefully). Chances are, you won't be able to do this on a properly secured school computer.

Step 2) Visit EditPlus.com and download the installation files.

Step 3) Install EditPlus on your Jump Drive.

Step 4) If you haven't done so already, purchase EditPlus. Support this great software.

Usage

USB jump drives are automatically assigned a drive letter by Windows. Chances are, that the drive letter assigned to your jump drive will vary depending on the classroom or lab the computer is in. If you open EditPlus and it says that it cannot find any of the configuration files, continue loading EditPlus while cancelling all the error boxes that appear. Then, in EditPlus, surf to the folder where you installed EditPlus on your jump drive.

You'll need to edit the following 2 files: setting.ini and editplus.ini

Open the above files and use EditPlus's find and replace button to change all occurances of the invalid drive letter with the new drive letter. For example: Change "D:\" to "E:\" without the quotes of course.

Wishlist

I wish there was a launcher for EditPlus that would detect the correct drive letter, adjust the two files as needed, and then run EditPlus.

--MrBinky3000 11:32, 18 Nov 2005 (CST)