Put 2 single quotation marks around a number

  • I have text files that have numbers 1 2 3 etc. I would like to do a find/replace that find the numbers then puts 2 single quotation around that number. Is this possible to do in Notepad++. Or, is there a better simpler solution to do this?

    Thanks for any help!!!

  • @Doug-Tatom

    The naive interpretation of what you stated:

    • FIND = \d+
      find one or more digit characters in a row
    • REPLACE = '$0'
      replace it with a single quote, the contents of the match, and a single quote
    • SEARCH MODE = regular expression

    Unfortunately, with how little you told us, I was not able to protect that expression against edge cases. If you give us better examples (see the italics below), you will get better answers


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