Slick way to remove line numbers from text

  • Perhaps you already have a way to do this, but I thought I’d share.

    If you need to remove line numbers from program code or whatever, a slick and fast free utility is online at:

    Go there, paste your code and it strips all line numbers quickly and reliably.

  • Hello @kent-hartland,

    Thanks for sharing this easy utility !

    However, you can achieve it, quickly enough, using regular expressions, in search/replacement, within N++ ;-))

    • Open your file, in N++

    • Eventually, do a normal selection of the lines to be processed

    • Open the Replace dialog ( Ctrl + H)

    • Type in the regex ^\h*\d+ , in the Find what: zone

    • Leave the Replace with: zone EMPTY

    • If you did a selection, tick the In selection option. Otherwise, tick the Wrap around option

    • Select the Regular expression search mode ( IMPORTANT )

    • Click on the Replace All button

    Et voilà !

    Note that this regex is, simply, an approximation of what that small utility does ! Indeed, this program :

    • Considers, only, the usual latin digits ( with Unicode value, from \x{0030} to \x{0039} ) as numbers to be deleted, instead of all Unicode numbers or similar, of any language !

    • Considers the first dot character ( . ), located right after a number, as a character to be deleted, too !

    • Considers all possible Unicode White space character ( except for the New Line character, \x{0085} ) , between the End of Line characters of the previous line and the numbers, of the current one, as characters which have to be deleted , as well. Refer, for that topic, to :

    So, assuming you would add a line-break, at the very beginning of your file, an exact search regex could be :


    Just for information, this regex :

    • First, the part (\r\n|\r|\n) tries to match some End of line character(s)

    • Then, the \K syntax reset the regex engine search process and position

    • Now, the part [^\S\x85]* finds the longest sequence, possibly empty, of White Space characters, different of \x{0085}

    • After, the part [0-9]+ simply looks for the longest non-empty range of classical digits

    • Finally, the syntax \.? searches a possible literal dot

    Remark :

    The part [^\S\x85] is difficult enough to understand : this negative class of characters [^...] represents a single character, which is DIFFERENT from, BOTH :

    • Any Unicode NON-Space character ( \S )

    • The New Line character ( \x{0085} )

    Best Regards,


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