Twelve Pages of Preferences

Editor: A small number of editor settings are not configurable per file type, but are always used regardless of which file you’re editing. There are options that affect copy and paste and the mouse wheel. An important option is the one for persistent selections. When selections are persistent, the selection will not disappear when you move the text cursor. This is how most DOS editors work, unlike most Windows editors. Though not a standard on the Windows platform, many people prefer to work with persistent selections. EditPad Pro offers you the choice. EditPad Pro doesn’t care whether your lines end with CR, LF, CRLF, a Unicode line or paragraph separator, or any mixture of those. But other applications probably do. You can tell EditPad to indicate line breaks with generic paragraph markers or specific symbols that indicate the line break style or with either method depending on the situation.

Cursors: Most text editors use the standard Windows text cursor (blinking vertical bar), which is often difficult to spot, particularly on a medium gray background. EditPad Pro allows you to change the color, shape and blinking style of the text cursor, making the cursor easy to spot. You can set the cursor to indicate insert or overwrite mode like most DOS editors used to do. Like the text cursor, the standard Windows mouse pointer for edit boxes is a ridiculously thin I-beam. EditPad Pro allows you to use a custom I-beam or arrow pointer with one or two contrasting colors for maximum visibility. EditPad Pro offers a range of options that affect how the text cursor moves and/or the text is scrolled when you press the arrow keys or other navigation keys on your keyboard.

Search: When a search fails in EditPad Pro, you don’t get a dialog box that you have to dismiss. The search button that you clicked will flash its image. You can choose to make EditPad Pro beep as well. When you press Ctrl+F, EditPad Pro can use the selected text as the default search term or as the text to be searched through. You can make a double-click on a word in a file highlight all occurrences of that word in addition to selecting the word.

Open Files: EditPad Pro gives you several option for the default folder for the Open and Save dialogs. Choose a fixed folder, or let it depend on the active file, active project and/or last used folder. Files larger than the huge file threshold are read into memory as needed. This allows EditPad Pro to open huge files instantly. EditPad Pro handles files larger than 4 GB, even on PCs with only a modest amount of RAM.

Save Files: Protect yourself against data loss with a wide range of automatic save and backup options. Choose how many backup copies EditPad Pro should keep, how long it should keep them, and in which folder or under which names it should keep them. You can easily manage all these backup copies in the File History. Continue your work where you left off by having EditPad Pro automatically reopen the files you were last working on, or start with a clean slate every time.

Tabs: In 1996 EditPad was one of the first text editors sporting a convenient row of tabs for switching between files. Today, EditPad Pro offers two rows: one to switch between projects, and another to switch between files in a project. Configure the colors of the tabs, hide them when they aren’t needed to save space, or disable them entirely if you prefer to use the handy file management sidebar.

Panels: Configure the font and colors used by EditPad Pro’s side panels, such as the clip collection and file navigator.

Statusbar: EditPad Pro’s statusbar is fully configurable. You can choose to display any or all of 14 indicators, in the order that you prefer. The indicators show information about the current file’s properties, the position of the cursor, the character at the cursor, the size of the selection, the editing mode, and the status of the keyboard.

Keyboard: You can assign any key combination to any of EditPad Pro’s menu items. You can use one-key combinations like Ctrl+L (one letter or function key combined with one or more shift keys), or two-key combinations like Ctrl+K, B (two letter and/or function keys with shift keys). The two-key combinations are primarily useful for assigning WordStar-compatible shortcuts, which EditPad Pro can do for you with just one click. You can also use them to simulate Alt+Letter menu item shortcuts from other applications. E.g. if you’re used to Alt+F, Q closing the file, you can assign that combination to File|Close in EditPad Pro.

Email: When you double-click an email address in a text file, EditPad Pro can either open it’s built-in email facility, or launch your favorite email application. When using the built-in email feature, you can choose how EditPad Pro processes its email queue (which sends out your emails in the background while you edit the next text file or email), and how it should log onto your email server. EditPad Pro supports SSL and TLS for sending email securely.

Shortcuts: Have EditPad Pro create (or remove) shortcut icons on the desktop and various other places so you can quickly start it. Add an “EditPad” action to the right-click menu of all files and/or folders in Windows Explorer to quickly start editing any file.

System: If you share your computer with other people, protect your privacy by having EditPad Pro delete potentially sensitive history information. Have an EditPad Pro icon always visible next to the system clock, keep the taskbar button visible or not, or make EditPad Pro work as an ordinary Windows application. You can also configure your web browser and FTP client if you don’t want to use the default browser or EditPad’s built-in FTP. You can also choose how unlimited EditPad Pro’s unlimited undo and redo should really be.

You Need EditPad Pro To Edit Text Files