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, portable USB hard drive, 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, click on Tools -> Ini File Directory. Change this from "E:\EditPlus" to ".". This will place all INI configuration files in the directory EditPlus is launched from.

Now you need to change the file paths in the INI files. Open the Preferences by clicking Tools -> Preferences. The first thing to update is the syntax highlighting and auto completion in Preferences -> Files -> Settings & syntax. Select each file type and delete the file path in front of the filename. In other words, change "E:\EditPlus\cpp.stx" to "cpp.stx" and repeat for HTML, Perl, etc. The next thing to update is the template files in Preferences -> Files -> Templates. The last change is to update the Spell checker dictionary in Preferences -> Tools -> Spell checker. Once you are changed all the file types and templates click Apply.

The last file path is the "WorkSpace" parameter in "editplus.ini". Changing this value to "." does not seem to affect things. In addition this value is changed regularly.

If you get an error message when you open a file simply click Document -> Refresh STX/ACP.

"Portable EditPlus" 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. Anyone good at VB script or C++?

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

The Usage section has been updated and doesn't require a launcher.

--Htimsnivek 19:30, 14 Dec 2005 (CST)