How to select *A to *B in Notepad++

  • How to select *A to *B in Notepad++

    We have many lines (more than 100000) in between two commands (each starts with *).
    If I have to select everything from *A to *B how to select it? (let us assume that we don’t know the line number and I don’t want to scroll down too long either)

  • @pranav-garware said:

    How to select *A to *B in Notepad++

    Assuming the data:

    10000 lines

    using Find what: (?s)^\*A.*^\*B, Search Mode = regular expression will find everything from *A to *B, inclusive. Explanation:

    • (?s): turn on .-matches-EOL (thus ignoring the state of the checkbox in the dialog box)
    • ^\*A: match from beginning of line, a literal * and a literal A
    • .*: match 0 or more characters (ie, all your lines in between)
    • ^\*B: match from beginning of line, a literal * and a literal B

    Tweaks will be necessary if it’s not really A and B. Tweaks will be necessary if you want to exclude the command lines.

    If you want a better answer, provide more info.

    Also, read the following:
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  • @pranav-garware said:

    I don’t want to scroll down too long either

    An often overlooked N++ command is Begin/End Select on the Edit menu. Find where you want your eventual selection to start and run that command. Then find where you want the future selection to stop (maybe use a Find action for this…or big scrollbar drag…or whatever…) and invoke the command again. Blammo, you now have a big marked selection.

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