This is a bink.nu ripoff! Like most people, I use notepad when I need to put together a script. I never actually looked at the help file for notepad (well, why would you?!?) until I hit the F1 key by accident recently. As a result I found quite a few tricks that notepad provides that I never knew existed. They are turning out to be pretty helpful so I thought I’d share them below:
- When editing a file, press the F5 key to insert the system date and time
- Change or add headers & footers by selecting file | page setup
- Press ctrl-G and enter a line number to go to (VERY useful when debugging VBScript errors)
- Select view | status bar to display the line/character number as you navigate the file (another beneficial debugging aid)
Another tip I found was the ability to maintain a log file with timestamps. This is useful when troubleshooting a problem where you need to record what is happening at specific times:
- open notepad
- set the first line to be (without the quotes and in uppercase) “.LOG”
- press enter and save/close the file
- every time you open the file, notepad will automatically insert the system date/time at the end of the file and add a new line where you can begin typing
But can edit those Registry Key’s: HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftNotepadStatusBar and fWrap and set them to 1. Then WordWrap and the Statusbar are enabled.
One final note: When you want to save a file with notepad, and the file-extension is not .txt use quotes arround the filename, so notepad will not add .txt to the filename.
Another final note: disable Word Wrap to enable ctrl+g and the status bar!