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Chapter 9. Scripting and Automation > Finding a Better Editor

9.12. Finding a Better Editor

Notepad is a very rudimentary text editor. Although it serves our purpose, allowing us to write and save VBScript files, it doesn't go any further than it absolutely needs to. For example, it has no search-and-replace feature, no keyboard shortcuts, and no support for files more than 58,779 bytes in size. If you find yourself writing VBScript files often, you'll want to use a better editor. Now, Windows also comes with WordPad, although it doesn't do much more than Notepad in helping to write scripts, and it has that creepy Microsoft Word-like interface.

One direction to go is simply to use a better plain-text editor, such as UltraEdit-32 (http://www.ultraedit.com). It has many features prized by programmers, such as column selections, line numbering, good search and replace, and other goodies. However, it's still just a text editor, and therefore doesn't provide any VBScript-specific assistance.


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