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#21 Re: F A Q - Frequently-Asked Questions about PSPad

Posted by: Stefan | Date: 2005-08-09 14:58 | IP: IP Logged

� � � � � � in HEX: � EF BB BF (Unicode UTF-8, UTF-8 in PSPad)
� � or � ÿþ � in HEX: � FF FE � � �(Unicode UTF-16, UNICODE in PSPad)

Q:� PSPad inserts some none visible character. In HEX Editor i see FFFE on file beginn.

A:� thats sounds like you have saved your file during PSpad was in UNICODE mode.

If you use UTF-8/UNICODE in PSPad, PSPad still stay in that mode,
till you change the mode in Format menu (see status bar)
(e.g. a *.reg file is a UNICODE file, so if you read such a file, PSPad stays in UNICODE mode)

Take a look at "PSPad\Settings\Program Settings... -> Program behavior",
� � you can uncheck "[x] Ident bytes in UTF-8 coding"
� �so perhaps you still save files in UNICODE by mistake,
but without that " none visible characters FFFE " that are calling BOM

in deutsch

Q:� From time to time it happens, that the format of a file is switched from ansi to utf-8.

A: �Author: pspad Date: 06-29-2004
1. PSPad switch to UTF-8 if file contains ident.bytes on the file begin
2. Program Settings... / Files&Dirs / Default CP for file open

You can set Default CP in project prefs too

Post Edited (08-09-2005 17:30)

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#22 Re: F A Q - Frequently-Asked Questions about PSPad

Posted by: Stefan | Date: 2006-02-24 15:53 | IP: IP Logged

Q: I have some Unicode fonts,
� � �but they aren't listed in the font dialog, why?
� � �Is it the SynEdit limitation ?

A: �Synedit (and so PSPad) uses nonproportional fonts only.

PSPad supports only fixed-width fonts (Courier etc.).
It's a problem of the editor component.

Read more... http //,38904,40825 http //,38577,38579 http //,36369,36369


Q: Why can't I see all my Windows fonts in the Screen Font dialog?

A: PSPad requires that fixed width fonts be used, so the Screen Font dialog box does not display proportionally spaced fonts. This is required, in part, to ensure that columnar selections can be highlighted neatly in rectangular blocks, and so that the Column Ruler can be used. These features would not be possible if the use of proportionally spaced fonts were permitted. http //,41971,41973


Q: I'm not talking about the editing font,
I mean the fonts used by PsPad itself, e.g. in dialogs,
menubar, folder lists etc. These all use a font that I
find difficult to read! I can change this for menus by
turning off new menu style (although I would prefer not
to sad smiley ) but not for anything else.

A: Open the English localization file (.\Lang\English.ini)
DefaultFont=MS Shell Dlg
<- change it e.g. to Tahoma
;DefaultFont=Comic Sans MS
http //,17129,17140


If you want to test this then just set
DefaultFont=Comic Sans MS
and open "Tools > Hash generator"
and look at the descriptions like "hash type"

or open "Tools > Color translator" and
look at the demolished arrows at the buttons
on the right if you use "Comic Sans MS".
With "MS Shell Dlg" the arrows locks much better.


Edited 4 time(s). Last edit at 2007-10-23 07:26 by Stefan.

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#23 Re: F A Q - Frequently-Asked Questions about PSPad

Posted by: Stefan | Date: 2007-08-30 05:53 | IP: IP Logged

Q: How do I assign files without a file extension (like *.txt)
· · to a specific highlighter?

A: Menu Settings / Highlighter settings
· · Choose highlighter
· · and on the second tab add *. into extension list

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#24 Re: F A Q - Frequently-Asked Questions about PSPad

Posted by: Stefan | Date: 2007-09-25 15:27 | IP: IP Logged

Q: What is that about EOL, End of Lines, Line endings

A: please see wikipedia

Newline in english

Systems based on ASCII or a compatible character set use
either LF (Line feed, 0Ah) or CR (Carriage Return, 0Dh)
individually, or CR followed by LF (CR+LF, 0D0Ah); see
below for the historical reason for the CR+LF convention.

* LF: Unix and Unix-like systems, and others
* CR+LF: MS-DOS, OS/2, Microsoft Windows
* CR: Commodore machines, Apple / Mac OS


Betriebssystem .... Zeichensatz Abkürzung Code Hex Code Dezimal Escape-Sequenz
Unix, Linux, Mac OS X,
AmigaOS, BSD, weitere .... ASCII........ LF .. ... 0A ...... 10 ........ \n
Windows, DOS, OS/2, CP/M............. CR LF ... 0D 0A ... 13 10 ....... \r\n
Mac OS bis Version 9,
Apple II ............................ CR ...... 0D ...... 13 .......... \r
AIX OS & OS/390.......... EBCDIC...... NEL.... .......... 15 .......... 21


Zeilenumbruch in german/deutsch

* Das Steuerzeichen für den Zeilenvorschub (englisch line feed oder newline, abgekürzt LF oder NL)
ist als ASCII-Zeichen 10 (hexadezimal 0A) kodiert.
Manche Systeme erlauben es, das LF-Zeichen mit der Tastenkombination Strg + J einzugeben.

* Das Steuerzeichen für den Wagenrücklauf (englisch carriage return, CR)
ist als ASCII-Zeichen 13 (hexadezimal 0D) kodiert.
Manche Systeme erlauben es, das CR Zeichen mit der Tastenkombination Strg + M einzugeben.

Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 2015-10-28 15:15 by Stefan.

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#25 Re: F A Q - Frequently-Asked Questions about PSPad

Posted by: anupunawane | Date: 2007-10-25 09:53 | IP: IP Logged

Hi Anup,
post here question AND answers only.
Open an new thread for your questions please.

What is the maximum size of text file
(or any readable file) that pspad can open??
I am using pspad 4.5.3(2271).

Maximum size of files is only
limited by your physical memory.

Unicode text consume 2 bytes per char.
It means you need two times the size
of your file as memory.

Each process in Windows is limited by 2GB of memory
independent of your physical memory.

PSPad do not load text blocks into memory only but the hole file.


Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2007-10-25 14:29 by Stefan.

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#26 Re: F A Q - Frequently-Asked Questions about PSPad

Posted by: Stefan | Date: 2008-05-02 19:36 | IP: IP Logged

Q: What does it mean:
Unpack it with subfolders and replace existing files from the last full release.
I've downloaded the zip. I can open it, but then do what?


A: Posted by: vbr | Date: 05/02/2008 16:54 |

If you unpack the cab file,
the resulting Folder should contain a structure of subfolders.

For 4.5.4 beta - build 2315 there are subfolders
and several files in the main folder of the archive.

If it is your case, everything is ok;
however, there are some unpackers (e.g. windows built-in support),
which don't retain the subfolders and unpack everything in the main folder;
some functionality - e.g. GUI languages ... of the program is then not available.

In that case you can use some appropriate unpacking tool,
such as 7-zip

The usual upgrade of a beta version
overwrites the previous files of the full
or the previous beta version
- supposedly in a separate "testing" folder
(after making sure, thet you won't overwrite any files,
you have tweaked/modified).


In summary:
* download the beta archive (from the beta forum)
* unpack it that way you get sub folders
* close PSPad
* be sure to rename setting files you have modified and wanna keep
(or copy the whole PSPad folder. You can use several versions side-by-side)
* copy the unpacked beta folder over your PSPad full version (from the PSPad homepage)
* if an dialog appears asking for overwriting files, choose YES
* start PSPad .... you're done.

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#27 Re: F A Q - Frequently-Asked Questions about PSPad

Posted by: lechup | Date: 2008-10-08 11:48 | IP: IP Logged

Q: How to run PSPad on linux from wine after clicking on file or right click Open with...

A: Make script in /usr/bin/PSPad and insert inside:

wine "/home/path/to/PSPad editor/PSPad.exe" $PATH &

then you can (eg in Gnome) run Open with -> other -> select form /usr/bin/ directory created PSPad file

PS: Remember adding permissions - being able to run script.
PS2: Hope it will help somebody.

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#28 Re: F A Q - Frequently-Asked Questions about PSPad

Posted by: Stefan | Date: 2008-12-06 22:37 | IP: IP Logged

Q: If I use the toolbox button "Create new file"
and choose XHTML
then I get a regular HTML document.

If I use "File -> New -> Use Template -> XHTML -> XHTML 1.0 Strict utf-8"
then I get the right XHTML document?



A: If you create new file,
PSPad looks for an file with name "default.ext",
and uses it as template for your new file,
where "ext" is the first extension from File masks list.

The trick is to order the extensions under
Settings > Highlighter Settings... > XHTML > Specification > File masks:


because PSPad use the first item of this list
to chose "default.ext" template for this syntax.
(you could even add *.txt to the first place in this list
to get an new *.txt file while executing Ctrl+N > XHTML.)

Just order the extension by simple copy&paste them (as in an text document)
or by deleting old item and writing new value.

If you use "File -> New -> Use Template >" you select the file directly.


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#29 Re: F A Q - Frequently-Asked Questions about PSPad

Posted by: pspad | Date: 2013-10-20 11:05 | IP: IP Logged

Q: Support for JScript active scripting not found

A: What did help was the answer in Microsoft's knowledge base regarding issue 949140.

After running the "Microsoft Fix it 50181", PSPad starts without error.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2013-10-20 11:05 by pspad.

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#30 Re: F A Q - Frequently Asked Questions

Posted by: pspad | Date: 2014-09-24 04:58 | IP: IP Logged

Q: Shortcut Shift+Ctrl+0 doesn't work for me (I can't create bookmark)

A: CTRL-SHIFT-0 is an input method editor (IME) keyboard shortcut that switches the input language in Windows Vista. (Reportedly in Windows 7 and Windows 8 as well.)

Information and instructions on how to remove the shortcut assignment can be found at:
For your convenience the instructions are listed below.

1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
2. Double-click Regional and Language Options.
3. Click Keyboards and Languages, and then click Change keyboards.
4. Click Advanced Key Settings, and select Between input languages.
5. Click change Key Sequence.
6. For Switch Keyboard Layout, select Not Assigned.
7. Click OK to close each dialog box.

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