Better CSV columns?
Suggested improvement to Notepad++
Reading CSV files is a burden. Even if I replace the separators (usually “;”) with a tabulator character ( \t ) it is still not properly displayed as columns.
I suggest adding tab indentation, like in Word!
A ruler at the top, where I click at some position to place a tab indentation mark.
The first tab in a line, will try to indent to that position, instead of the default tab positions that have always been available when you use the tabulator in Notepad++
Reading CSV files is a burden
I don’t use it myself, but maybe you want to try out the CSV Lint plugin and see what it can do for you?
CsvQuery is also a fine option for querying CSV files, although it increases Notepad++'s startup time pretty significantly.
Elastic tabstops is a conceptually simple algorithm defined by Nick Gravgaard for aligning tab-separated text. It works by treating each tab as a column separator and then making each column just large enough to hold its contents, much like the way a simple HTML table works.
In most cases, Convert separated values to tabs should be able to transform a csv file into tab-separated values without confusion.
There are some other handy functions in the plugin for working with data arranged in columns as well.
I currently consider the plugin to be in an “alpha” state. I use it, and I haven’t been seeing many problems reported, but it could be that hardly anyone is using it. If you use it, please let me know if you encounter any problems.