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GBIC >> Freeware >> gbText Help

gbText - Online Help

This page provides the latest online Help information for gbText. gbText is a freeware program which provides an extremely easy-to-use method of making batch changes within text files. Over 40 different file manipulations are provided.

Overview     Menu Options    



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Overview

gbText's main (and only) screen is shown below.

The main windows contains the menus, toolbar, Actions frame, statubar, and textbox.

gbText provides over 40 actions which operate on the text that is contained within the textbox. All actions are accessed from the toolbar, whereas the menu provides mostly settings, help, and export features.

All actions in the toolbars use default paramemters to act on the content of the textbox. The Actions in the Action Frame require 1 or 2 values, which are displayed when the action is selected. Values entered by the user are kept in the Windows registry.

The first toolbar row consists of the following items:

Black graphic elements within an icon generally refer to actions which keep or insert textbox content. Red graphic elements refer to deletion of content.

  • Open
    Opens a text file for editing
  • Refresh
    Re-loads the current file
  • New
    Clears the textbox
  • Save
    Saves the contents of the textbox without confirmation
  • Save As
    Saves the content of the textbox as a new file name
  • Print
    Prints the content of the textbox
  • Delete
    Deletes the selected text
  • Copy
    Copys the selected text to the clipboard
  • Paste
    Places the contents of the clipboard into the textbox at the insertion point
  • Undo
    Restores the textbox to its content before the most recent Action
  • Lower Case
    Forces all letters to lower case
  • Upper Case
    Forces all letters to upper case
  • Proper Case
    Capitalizes the first letter of each word
  • Trim
    Removes leading and trailing spaces from each line of text
  • Left Trim
    Removes leading spaces from each line of text
  • Right Trim
    Removes trailing spaces from each line of text
  • Word List
    Creates a list of all words and their frequency of use
  • Hex View
    Views content of textbox in hexadecimal format
  • Statistics
    Show frequency of use of characters
  • Show Spaces
    Replaces spaces with the ^ character as a visual aide in determining existence of spaces
  • Hide Spaces
    Replaces the ^ character with spaces - undoes the 'Show Spaces' action
  • Email Author
    Calls up user's default email application with an email addresses to Gary Beene

The second row of the toolbar consists of the following:

Black graphic elements within an icon generally refer to actions which keep or insert textbox content. Red graphic elements refer to deletion of content.

  • Insert 1 Column
    Inserts 1 spaces at the start of each line
  • Insert 4 Columns
    Inserts 4 spaces at the start of each line
  • Delete 1 Column
    Deletes 1 spaces from the start of each line
  • Delete 4 Columns
    Deletes 4 spaces from the start of each line
  • Double Space
    Puts two blank lines after each existing line
  • Single Space
    Puts one blank line after each existing line
  • Delete Blank Lines
    Deletes all blanks lines (null lines or lines with only spaces)
  • Number
    Puts a 5 digit number at the start of each line (with a separating space)
  • UnNumber
    Removes the number from each line (6 columns)
  • Delete CRLF
    Removes all carriage return/line feed characters
  • BackSpace
    Same as pressing the backspace key on the keyboard
  • Delete Spaces
    Removes all spaces (replaces with Null)
  • Delete TABs
    Replaces all TABs with a Null
  • Expands TABs
    Replaces all TABs with 4 spaces
  • Delete Duplicates
    Removes all duplicates, leaving only one copy of each line. The lines are sorted as part of the process.
  • Keep Unique
    Keeps only lines which are unique. All duplicates are removed. The lines are sorted as part of the process.
  • Sort
    Sorts the textbox lines in ascending order
  • Reverse Lines
    Reverses display order of lines (bottom to top)
  • Reverse Characters
  • WordWrap
    Wrap all lines with a default width of 40 characters
  • Columns
    Re-arranges text into 3 columns
  • Show Action Frame
    Toggles display of Action Frame
The Action Frame provides the following additional functions. Each requires 1 or 2 values to be entered before the action can be completed.
  • Clear Lines
    Replaces content of lines with spaces
  • Clear Cols
    Replaces content of columns with spaces
  • Delete Cols
    Removes specified columns, moving remaining columns to the left
  • Delete Lines by #
    Removes specified lines, moving remaining lines upward
  • Delete Lines text
    Removes all lines which contain the specified text string
  • Expand TABs
    Replaces TABs with the specified number of spaces
  • Keep Cols
    Deletes all but the specified columns
  • Keep Lines by #
    Keeps the specified lines
  • Keep Lines by text
    Keeps all lines which contain the specified text string
  • Insert Text
    Inserts text string before specified columns
  • Justify Left
    Left justifies text within specified columns
  • Justify Right
    Right justifies text within specified columns
  • Make Columns
    Creates specified number of columns
  • Move Columns to Front
    Moves specifieid columns to the start of each line
  • Random Text
    Creates random content using the specified rows/columns/type
  • Replace Text
    Replaces all occurences of specified text with a specified text string
  • Sort on Columns
    Sorts all lines using the specified columns as the sort key
  • Truncate/Pad
    Delete all columns to the right of the specified width, or pads the lines as needed to reach the specified width
  • WordWrap
    Wraps words to the specified width


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Menu Options

gbText provides several menu options, including a pop-up menu (right mouse click on the textbox).

The Export menu offers the following selections.

  • Excel (words)
    Opens the local user's copy of Excel and puts each word of each line into a different cell on a common row within the worksheet.
  • Excel (lines)(
    Opens the local user's copy of Excel and puts each line into a single cell within the worksheet.

The Options menu offers the following selections.

  • Ruler
    Toggles display of a ruler just above the textbox.
  • Ignore Case
    Ignores case when comparing text for sort, delete, and replace actions.
  • Simple Word List
    The standard Word List provides a numbered list and frequency of use of all words. The Simple version lists only the words, suitable for copying and insertion into other applications.
  • Confirm Action
    Requests user confirmation for several of the actions.
  • Delete/Insert Columns at Cursor
    For the toolbar Delete/Insert columns options only, causes the action to take place at the insertion column in the text rather than at the beginning of each line.
  • Default Settings
    Restores all default setting for gbText
  • Clear MUR
    Clears the list of most recently opened files

The Help menu offers the following selections.

  • Web Site
    Opens the default browser at Gary Beene's Freeware Information Center
  • Online Help
    Opens the default browser at the gbText Online Help page.
  • Online Updates
    Opens a dialog window from which the latest version of gbText can be downloaded.
  • About
    Shows the revision level of the installed version of gbText

The PopUp menu offers the following selections.

  • Load Sample Data
    Loads the file 'inputfile.txt' that is installed with gbText
  • Print Form
    Prints an image of the textbox on the default printer
  • Shuffle Lines
    Randomly repositions every line in the textbox
  • Separate First Word
    Adds spaces to isolate the first word of each line for sorting or other manipulations
  • Keep Selection
    Deletes all but the selected text
  • Remove Formatting
    Removes all formatting (converts format to gbText default) which may have been pasted into the textbox
  • Remove Empty/Blank Last Line
    Removes the last line in the textbox if it consists of only spaces or simply a Null
  • Cut
    Cuts the selected text and places it on the clipboard
  • Copy
    Copies the selected text to the clipboard
  • Paste
    Pastes text from the clipboard to the insertion point in the textbox