How can I select text from different parts of a document.

  • I have a large file with over 3 million words. I have it in date order and want to select all parts that relate to certain subjects in the file. I have tagged every piece of information with (*1) (*2) etc. There are anything up to 300 entries for (*1) throughout the text. How can I grab every piece relating to (*1) and concentrate in one place?

  • Hello, @michael-haigh-0 and All,

    Just two constraints :

    • Your (*###) tags must begin the line OR are preceded with blank space chars only. But these tags may be followed with some text

    • You must run, at least, the v7.9.1 N++ release or a later one

    If so, the road map is :

    • Open your file in N++

    • Open the Mark dialog ( Ctrl + M )

    • SEARCH (?s)^\h*\(\*1\).+?(?=\(\*\d+\)|\z)

    • Tick the Purge for each search option

    • Tick the Wrap around option

    • Leave all other options unticked

    • Select the Regular expression search mode

    • Click on the Mark All button

    • Click on the Copy Marked Text

    • Close the Mark dialog ( Esc )

    • Open a new tab ( Ctrl + N )

    • Paste the clipboard’s contents ( Ctrl + V )

    => Each (*1) section is natively separated with a blank line and a ---- line ;-)

    Now, just get concentrated !

    Of course, change the 1 of the regex by any number required !

    Best Regards,


    P.S. :

    You may, as well :

    • Tick the Bookmark line option, in the Mark dialog, before clicking on the Mark All button

    • Close the Mark dialog ( Esc )

    • Go back to the very beginning of your file ( Ctrl + Home )

    • And, simply, browse through each Bookmarked line, with the F2 or Shift + F2 shortcuts !

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