Notepad++ Word Count

This post is part 5 of 5 in the series Efficient work using Notepad++

Notepad++ Word CountNotepad++ has some great features for working with text, like macros and column editing. But what about finding information about your text, such as document length and word count? There are several ways to do this in Notepad++.

Notepad++ Word Count

If you have no plugins installed, you can use the built-in Summary function. If you are using the TextFX plugin you can use the Word Count function:

  • Double-click on Status Bar (shortcut to View → Summary)
  • View → Summary
  • TextFX Tools → Word Count

Differences between Notepad++ and TextFX
The Notepad++ Summary only shows the total word count. If you have text selected it shows you how many characters you have selected, but not how many words are in your selection.

TextFX only works when you have text selected, and shows you how many words and characters are in your selection.

More importantly, Notepad++ and TextFX counts words differently. Notepad++ counts hyphenated words as two words, while TextFX counts hyphenated words as one word. (TextFX and Microsoft Word counts the same way.)

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Notepad++ Multi-Editing

This post is part 4 of 5 in the series Efficient work using Notepad++

Notepad++ Multi-EditingSome of my favorite time-saving features in Notepad++ are macros and column editing. But sometimes I need to insert, edit or delete just a few things in a file. With multi-editing enabled you simply hold CTRL while you click or select text. This allows you to insert, edit or delete text in multiple locations in your file at the same time.

Notepad++ Multi-Editing

This video will show you how to enable and use multi-editing. You can find step-by-step instructions with pictures below.

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Edit columns in Notepad++ with TextFX plugin

This post is part 3 of 5 in the series Efficient work using Notepad++

Edit columns in Notepad++ with TextFX pluginNotepad++ with the TextFX plugin makes it quick and easy to do simple column editing. An application like Excel has many advanced features and might be more suitable in some cases. However, I always have Notepad++ open and it is often faster and easier to us the following approach for me.

At work we use JIRA for task management. I often have to create new or edit existing tables in task descriptions. Tables are created by using vertical line | characters. In this example I have a table where I need to change the order of the columns and sort the data. I also use this method when working with CSV files. This is how I do it in a few, simple steps.

Edit columns in Notepad++ with TextFX plugin

Edit Columns in Notepad++
1. Select the character that separates “columns” and copy it to the clipboard (CTRL+C), in this example the vertical line | character is copied to the clipboard.

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Notepad++ macros, a basic example

This post is part 2 of 5 in the series Efficient work using Notepad++

Notepad++ macrosMacros have become one of my favorite features in Notepad++. It is possible to record actions and play them back one or more times. You can save a lot of time not having to manually repeat the same process over and over. I always have Notepad++ open, so it is fast and easy to get the result I want in just a few seconds.

Notepad++ macros

This animation will show you how to use macros. You can find detailed descriptions and step-by-step instructions with pictures below.
Notepad++ Macros Animation

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Notepad++ remove duplicates, remove blank lines and sort data in one operation

This post is part 1 of 5 in the series Efficient work using Notepad++

Notepad++ remove duplicates, remove blank lines and sort data in one operationNotepad++ with the TextFX plugin makes it quick and easy to remove duplicates, remove blank lines and sort data in one operation. This is a typical case where Excel does the job, but as I always have Notepad++ open it is fast and easy to get the results I want in just a few seconds.

Remove duplicates, remove blank lines and sort data in one operation

Paste text into Notepad++
1. Paste the text into Notepad++ (CTRL+V). As you can see, there were 473 lines and half of them were blank.

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