I need side-menus to navigate huge text files.

  • I have tons of huge text files full of my notes on various subjects. For instance, I have at least one text file for each of my passions, and text files for all the important areas of my life (finances, fitness, food…). They are large and difficult to quickly navigate from one subject to the next using fiddly scrollbars or word-searches. It would be best if my text documents each had their own side-menu as in a web page.

    Can I do something like this in np++?

  • Maybe you could abuse the buildin functionlist therefore, e.g. with xml as language

    <topic name=“food”/>

    will appear as function entry in the functionlist

  • @chcg Thanks. I tried this… I changed the language to xml, opened and reloaded the function list, but nothing showed up except a default item that didn’t point anywhere. I couldn’t get my test functions to show in the list. Not sure what else I need to do. I’m a writer not a coder.

    Basically I’m after a text outliner with tab support for my many huge text files.

  • A possible approach would be to maintain 2 files. The main file and a “table of contents” file.
    You could open the files in 2 panes and then use a tag lookup mechanism to jump from the table of contents to the right ‘chapter’ in the main file.
    You will need to generate the ‘tags’ file by yourself but that should be rather easy.
    Here are some details. If you want to try it let me know and I can elaborate.

  • Perhaps this function list plugin will work better. I find it much more useful and robust:
    https://sourceforge.net/projects/npp-plugins/files/Function List/

  • Soory, copy and paste from the orginal post modifies the xml text regarding the double quotes:

    <topic name=‘food’/>

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  • Soory, copy and paste from the orginal post modifies the xml text regarding the double quotes:

    <topic name="food"/>

    Ok, now this one doesn’t modify the text on c&p. Maybe you wan’t to give it another try.

  • @chcg I pasted this into a text file…

    <topic name=‘food’/>

    I set the language to xml. it highlights all my text white. I open the function list. reload it. the only item that pops up is “new1” which does nothing when i click it.

  • @Chad-Coffman Need to be doublequotes, like in my last posting, just couldn’t delete the previous one because of the 3 minute timeout and it took me some time to find out that markdown syntax is used in node bb to add text without formatting.

  • @chcg thanks, got it. still a crude solution. it leaves all the text highlighted in white and says “topic name=” in the list.

    I spent some time yesterday looking for tabbed outliner software for windows. not as common as you’d think. The ones which I did find were not very developed.

  • @Chad-Coffman - I use npp’s search feature to navigate within a huge file. I also take advantage of the fact that a “word” in npp is a consecutive series of letters, digits, and the _ (underscore) symbol. At the top or bottom of a file I’ll have an index or summary and use something like:
    * Section_01 - Overview of the issue
    * Section_02 - Some section of the file
    * Section_03 - Another section of the file

    At the start of each section I have something like
    Section_03 - Another section of the file

    To navigate to section 3 I double click on Section_03 in the index to highlight that word, Ctrl-F to bring up the find box, and then hit Enter. I suspect I could add a npp keyboard shortcut to search for the hightlighted word if there’s not already one. My fingers are happy with Ctrl-F Enter.

    While I used Section_01, … 03 in the example you can use any string for the section labels. I stick with the [a-z0-9] character set for section labels as it’s easy to select the entire word with either double click or Ctrl-shift left or right arrow.

    The downside of that approach is there’s no “back” button to jump back to where I used to be in a file.

    I also take advantage of file://… links to jump from file to file within npp and/or to launch viewers such as Firefox.

    For example, I’m currently dealing with AT&T about some stuff related to my DSL connection. In my ATT-DSL.txt project file I’ll have something like
        03/12/2017 Received postal letter confirming automatic payment
    The main project file has a summary. If I want to see the letter itself I can click on either the .png link which will pull up a scan in a web browser or the .txt link which is the results of running the png through an OCR program.

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