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Changes in Qedit for Windows 4.8
NOTE: The following features require that you install server version 4.8 or later:
- Rectangular selections (
- Column operations (Delete, Insert and Shift)
- Tab handling operations (Entab and Detab)
- Shift operations (Shift left, Shift right,
- Regular expressions
- Search in columns
New Features and Enhancements
- You can now work with rectangular selections. These are defined by holding the
CTRL key while clicking and dragging the mouse.
You can perform a number of edit operations on them such as copy, cut
- You can search for a string in specific columns using the
Search in columns feature of the Find dialog box.
You can also perform a Replace operation from the corresponding dialog box.
- New column operations are now available from the Column command of
the Edit menu.
The Delete Column dialog box allows you to remove text contained in
certain columns. By default, Qedit deletes the text and shifts the
rest of the line. If you prefer to clear the text and put spaces instead,
enable the Fill with spaces option.
With the Insert Column dialog box,
you can now insert a character string at a specific column.
The string is entered at that position and existing text is shifted to
If you want to move existing text to another column, simply use the
Shift Columns dialog box. Enter the number of columns you want to shift
by and select OK.|
- The new Text offers commands to help formatting text with tab stops.
There are three ways you can align text:
The Detab command allows you to convert existing tab characters to an appropriate
number of spaces. The Entab command does the opposite: it converts spaces to
tab characters. Both commands are designed to preserve the text alignment and visual
- define tab stops and enter tab characters in the file
- use spaces
- combine tab characters and spaces
The Shift left and Shift right move the text on each line to the previous
(left) or next (right) tab stop. Qedit moves the text by removing or inserting tab
characters or spaces based on the Use spaces for tabs file property.
As an alternative to the Shift... commands, you can easily move lines to the
another tab stop using the
tab key. Select some lines and use the
key to move the lines to the next tab stop on the right. Use
to move the lines to the previous tab stop on the left. Note, these functions move
complete lines only.
- You can now use a Regular expression to search for a string in the file.
Regular expressions are found on a lot of different platforms. They are frequently
used in the UNIX environment.
- Qedit can now tile your opened windows vertically. This puts windows side by
side. The document windows are sized to use as much vertical space as possible.
Qedit also tries to put as many windows as possible in the available
application workspace width.
- The document status bar now shows the number of characters selected if the selection
is on a single line. The length is displayed to the right of the column coordinates.
- There is now a slightly wider left margin in the document window. The margin is an active
area so the pointer changes to a right-pointing arrow when in that area.
You can quickly select complete lines by clicking while the mouse pointer is in
- Active connections are now identified by a bullet on the connection list displayed
when you click and hold the Manage Connections or Open Host File
- The Copy to local clipboard function is now in the
Copy Special dialog box. This function forces Qedit to bring all the lines
from a host file into the local cache and clipboard.
- Copying a large number of lines from a local file to the clipboard is now a lot faster.
- You can now request that tab characters be expanded to spaces when copying a
selection to the clipboard. This is done using the Expand tabs while copying
option on the Copy Special dialog box.
- If you click only once on a filename in the Directory dialog box, Qedit no
longer prepends the name with
- Qedit correctly closes the spoolfile when sending a selection that includes the
end-of-file marker to an attached printer.