Coloured Text Saved?



  • Hi. I couldn’t see a request part in the forum but maybe I’m missing it. To add colour to your text, and then have that colour save. By highlighting, and then using ‘Style token’ on right click. But it doesn’t seem to save. Is there a way to add colour to your text personally, not like with keywords? Or is that the only way and it just sadly self deletes? If so, feature request please.



  • @Benami-Ark-0 ,

    Text files have no notion of color. A text file is a series of bytes that are used to represent text, which is meant to be compatible across any system and OS, and can be edited by any text editor.

    To aid in text editing, Notepad++ (as a text editor) offers features that will color text based on syntax (the programming-language syntax-highlighter lexers) or based on temporary information like “right click > style”. The first is based on keywords and similar, which you have already rejected; the latter is meant to be temporary (to aid in marking search results or similar).

    Once you start asking for features like saving the color or changed font along with the text information in the file, you are either looking for

    • a markup language (like HTML or Markdown or similar) to store the meta-information in a text format – whereby a text editor will show you the raw underlying code, like <p style="color: red">red paragraph here</p>, and you need some other tool to render that underlying code as the document you want
    • a word processor (like Microsoft Word, LibreOffice Writer, or the like), which stores the document in a binary format which includes both the text and the instructions necessary to save information like color and font for individual characters, words, lines, paragraphs, pages, or documents
    • a PDF editor or similar software which makes fixed documents for specific presentation

    feature request please.

    This forum is a Community of Notepad++ users, not the develoers, and as such, this forum is for talking about Notepad++ and asking questions of fellow users as to how to best use the software. It is not a feature-request location, and anything that asks for a new feature in this forum is treated as discussion, and will not be tracked by the developers (you can look in the FAQ section for more on that.). That said, as I already explained, Notepad++ is a text editor, and control of colors/etc that you have requested aren’t a part of a text editor’s feature set, so most likely such a request would be resoundly ignored, even if made in the right location.



  • @PeterJones said in Coloured Text Saved?:

    a markup language (like HTML or Markdown or similar) to store the meta-information in a text format – whereby a text editor will show you the raw underlying code, like <p style=“color: red”>red paragraph here</p>, and you need some other tool to render that underlying code as the document you want

    Oh I see, thanks for reply. Shame the styling doesn’t save.



  • @Benami-Ark-0 Something I use is a macro I recorded that runs the “Find” dialog, “Mark” tab, and invokes “Mark All” (on a regex pattern). I assigned it to a hotkey so it’s easy to freshen the text chunks of interest to me each time I restart the editor (or reload the file).

    This only allows text coloring with the single “Find Mark Style” color, but none of the 5 “Mark Style” colors, so it may not satisfy you.



  • Hello, @Neil-Schipper and All,

    BTW, Neil, I suppose that you know that you can jump up/down, from one red marked result to another, with the shortcuts Ctrl + Shift + 0 and Ctrl + 0, on the main keyboard ! Don’t you ?

    Best Regards,

    guy038



  • @guy038 I did not know that, so thanks.

    I am finding however that of the two only the jump down (w/o Shift) is working for me (ver 7.9.5).



  • Hi, @Neil-Schipper and All,

    In my previous post, I forgot to mention one important thing :

    • If the present location of the caret/cursor is between two red marks regions, the Ctrl + Shift + 0 shortcut should select the previous red mark, as expected

    • But, if the present location of the caret/cursor is right after the last character of a red region :

      • A first hit, on the Ctrl + Shift + 0 shortcut, just moves the caret at beginning of the present red region, keeping it selected

      • Subsequent hits, on the Ctrl + Shift + 0 shortcut, select the previous red region;, as expected !


    If you do not notice this behaviour, may be your Ctrl + Shift + 0 shortcut has been assigned to an other command. Have a look to Settings > Shortcut Mapper... > Main Menu !

    Best Regards,

    guy038



  • @guy038 Thanks. It doesn’t seem to matter where cursor is, Ctrl + Shift + 0 always has no effect. (I checked shortcut mapper and key combo is not reassigned.) Odd.



  • @Neil-Schipper said in Coloured Text Saved?:

    It doesn’t seem to matter where cursor is, Ctrl + Shift + 0 always has no effect.

    I think @guy038 post stated Ctrl-Shift-Zero, not o (oh). Try that.

    Terry



  • @Terry-R I did initially interpret it as zero (as per Search | Jump items) but I also tried oh.



  • @Neil-Schipper said in Coloured Text Saved?:

    I did initially interpret it as zero (as per Search | Jump items) but I also tried oh.

    On my system it has:

    2799b1dd-8304-43c6-a0e8-c22f920d3459-image.png

    Isn’t that what @guy038 is referring to?
    Terry



  • @Terry-R Mine shows the same, thanks. An oddity of my old version 7.9.5?



  • @Neil-Schipper

    I can’t reproduce the problem. I have an installed v7.9.5 and can jump up and down without any issue. So it seems that there is something wrong with your system.

    I’m not sure what it could be. A basic troubleshooting step is to launch Notepad++ without plugins and check if the problem persist, or it is over.



  • @astrosofista Thanks for nudge (to better troubleshooting practices). I relaunched w/o plugins. Behaviour persists: Ctl-zero reliably positions caret just after the last char of a marked block, and handles 2 marked blocks on same line, as well as wrapping, just beautifully. Ctl-Shft-zero does zilch, no movement at all.

    Notepad++ v7.9.5   (64-bit)
    Build time : Mar 21 2021 - 02:13:17
    Path : C:\Program Files\Notepad++\notepad++.exe
    Admin mode : OFF
    Local Conf mode : OFF
    OS Name : Windows 10 Pro (64-bit) 
    OS Version : 2004
    OS Build : 19041.1237
    Current ANSI codepage : 1252
    Plugins : none
    


  • @Neil-Schipper

    Since it is not happening to everyone, perhaps on your system Shift+Ctrl+0 is a global hotkey combination set up by another program, that maybe does something non-obvious when you press it.



  • @Alan-Kilborn Nice suggestion. Ctl-Shift-O performs app specific actions in Thunderbird and Firefox and I just verified they operate as expected.



  • @Alan-Kilborn @PeterJones @guy038 @Terry-R @astrosofista

    My last reply demonstrates idiocy on my part: I’d regressed to considering the o rather than the 0 version of the key combo for those checks.

    I did more checking and research and still have not found any evidence of Ctrl + Shift + 0 being assigned at the OS level, or by any app I’m running, so the anomaly remains mysterious.

    I came across a resource that shows 26 programs that use this combo but I use none of those programs.


    On a tangent, having noticed the nice colored courier text chunks you folks were including in your posts, I was annoyed that when I wanted to do the same, there was neither a form button for it, nor an easy to find HowTo/FAQ to instruct community newbies how to do it. I had to do my own research to learn that NodeBB uses a Markdown syntax, and find info on it, and figure out that I could get the effect using backquotes.

    I also learned there are “several lightweight markup languages that are supersets of Markdown”, each with its own nuances. I don’t know which one is in effect here.

    Further, when I tried copying the examples for images from that seemingly authoritative site, it did not yield expected output in the editing form’s right hand preview pane.

    So: This site (which is otherwise impressively full-featured) would benefit from a loud, upfront (link to a) resource that describes all the techniques available for formatting posts.



  • Hi, @neil-schipper,

    Regarding the Markdown syntax, used in this forum, refer to :

    https://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/syntax

    or have a look to the raw text, below :

    https://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/syntax.text

    Best regards,

    guy038



  • @Neil-Schipper said in Coloured Text Saved?:

    I was annoyed that when I wanted to do the same, there was neither a form button for it, nor an easy to find HowTo/FAQ to instruct community newbies how to do it.

    In the previous iteration of the forum, it was using a slightly older version of NodeBB, which had a big HELP button in the upper-right of the post-entry form. Virtually no newbie ever noticed that button, or clicked on it to find that it directed a user to the daringfireball pages that Guy just linked to. The older version used to specifically say they used the daringfireball variant, though it actually silently supported more syntax than defined there. I don’t know that NodeBB specifically says what variant of Markdown they now support.

    However, with this version of NodeBB, there is a GUI-based editor toolbar for every post, and if you hover over each icon, the icon tells you what each button does. If you use those buttons, you will see the Markdown syntax appear in the post-entry form. Anyone who knows enough about Markdown to know that there are multiple variants would recognize the bold and italic and link-embedding syntax enough to recognize that this is a Markdown variant, and type appropriately. And most users who don’t know enough about Markdown to recognize the syntax themselves after hitting the toolbar buttons aren’t likely to make use of the manual Markdown syntax that isn’t available from the toolbox.

    Further, nearly 6 years here, and being instrumental in developing the FAQ section of this forum, has proven to me beyond a shadow of a doubt that no matter how loud or upfront we are, or defining a FAQ section that is easily findable, very few users ever bother looking for or looking through such things before posting.

    So, since you asked, I’ll work on updating our ancient oft-linked Markdown syntax post to incorporate the toolbar description along with Markdown examples, and put it into a FAQ entry. But I’d be surprised if most users of the forum ever looked at it.



  • @guy038 Thanks. I’d already reached that site via a discussion at community.nodebb.org and so I suspected that was the one that was in effect.

    It’s a problem if this arcane folklore is passed around in convos such as this one, and not presented explicitly to people who come to this site to learn what it’s all about.

    It should be very easy for people creating a post (ie part of the form entry UI) to find info on the most common markups, especially those not (properly) supported by the UI. Use of good formatting helps the people seeking help convey their situations more efficiently.

    And while composing this email I discovered that if you select text already within a para, and use the UI ‘Code’ button, it mucks things up by inserting triple back quotes and newlines, so 8 things rather than just the two that do what you really wanted.

    It’s not a huge deal that things don’t work as easily as one might wish. It is significant when every new user is expected to learn the workarounds the hard way.

    And another thing: say one of you frequent helpers sees a new request, and it’s a bit similar to a prior one for which you wrote a beautiful reply that included many markups. However, the two requests are not similar enough for you to simply link to the old thread, and the new request warrants its own reply. If you had access to the markup of the old reply, that might constitute like 85% of the effort to compose the new reply. If you don’t have access to it, you start from scratch.

    After going though something like this a few times, one might form the habit of keeping responses in a text file (to be retrieved and manipulated using everyone’s favorite text editor). Which is fine, but (a) Is their a secret backdoor for retrieving the original as markup? if there is, it should be made public. And (b) Assuming no backdoor exists, a “best practice” (saving your posts in markup) does exist, and that ought to be part of a “Formatting your posts” doc or page.


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