I want to make a really long list
I want to make a list with indents and increments of numbers repeating something like this but I will do it for many more lines that’s why I need a command
and so forth or if there is some kind of website that does this that be cool to know too
Alan Kilborn last edited by
To do this one really needs a “pattern” for the general case. I’m not seeing the pattern in the sample data provided.
PeterJones last edited by
I want to make a list with indents and increments of numbers repeating
And, as @Alan-Kilborn said, we’d need to know what your pattern is for determining how far to indent, and how many levels of indent you wanted.
If, as your example shows, you are literally using “number without dot” to indicate a left / no-indent line, and “number with dot” to indicate a line that you need to indent (I’ll assume 4 spaces), then it’s pretty easy with two regular expressions
1 1. 2. 3. 2 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 3 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
First regex should be find =
^\h*(\d+[^\.]), replace =
$1, which will pull all the number-without-dot to the far left.
Second regex should be find =
^\h*(\d+\.), replace =
\x20\x20\x20\x20$1, which will indent all number-with-dot rows four spaces to the right (the four
\x20are used to make the number of spaces obvious; in a regex replace,
\x20is equivalent to a literal space character.)
If, as I strongly suspect, the dot-vs-no-dot was really an artifact of the way you pasted your data, then I doubt any regex is going to be able to really satisfy you, so the solution isn’t going to be native to Notepad++. Instead, it sounds like a job for a programming language. You would have to define exactly what you wanted the “before” and “after” to be like, and then code up the logic in your favorite programming language.
My first guess at the logic, in pseudocode, would be: “if this line’s number is less than or equal to the previous line’s number, then increase indent; if this line’s number is exactly equal to 1 + the previous line’s number, then keep the same indent; otherwise, decrease indent by 1.” I’d then probably adjust the logic slightly, because “previous line” takes on a different meaning after you’ve decreased the indent. I can think of lots of edge cases, so you’ll have to be careful.
What exactly the final code will look like depends on how many indentation levels you would allow, and what the exact rules are for determining when you think it should indent more or outdent.
It might be an interesting quick programming challenge, but nothing about the algorithm itself is specific to Notepad++. It could be a cookie-baking problem, because you can type the code in Notepad++. And it can be run from within notepad++ with access to the contents of open files by using a scripting plugin. But in the end, making that code isn’t really a Notepad+±specific question.
Alan Kilborn last edited by
Bah. Too much effort put into a reply to something the OP put little initial thought into. Save your energies for important things. :)
@PeterJones thanks I use notepad initially when I started cuz of line operations so I thought to ask thank you for your thorough answer
@Alan-Kilborn the example wasn’t for a pattern I just assumed doing something like that was possible I guess I was looking for the principle of the answer not the exact answer to the particular numbers