TextCrawler Pro 3 Manual


Main window

Main window

Input types

1. Input types
Here you can select the type of input you want to use with TextCrawler.  You can input from one or more folders (including subfolders), a single file, or the Windows Clipboard.
The currently selected tab (with blue LED) denotes the chosen input type.
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Output types

2. Output types
Here you can select the type of output you want to write to when using the Replace function.  You can output to the orginal file, a new file, the Scratchpad or the Windows Clipboard
The currently selected tab (with blue LED) denotes the chosen output type.
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File reading settings

3. File reading settings
Here you can specify additional settings which affect how the files are read and processed.  Files can be read line by line an processing can be limited to certain line ranges. A binary mode is also available.
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Tool buttons

4. Tool buttons
These buttons provide a quick way to access features in TextCrawler. Also available from the Tools menu.
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Find/Replace modes

5. Find/Replace modes
Here you can select the find/replace mode.  You can perform a standard or regular expression find/replace, a similar search or select a batch process.
The currently selected tab (with blue LED) denotes the chosen mode.
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Action buttons

6. Action buttons
Clicking on one of these buttons starts TextCrawler processing according to your chosen settings above. If any files in the results list are checkmarked, and the 'In marked files only' box is checked, then the process will only be performed on the marked files.
TextCrawler will perform a find operation, and list the results below.  No files will be changed.
TextCrawler will perform a find a replace to all files according to your set criteria.  You will be asked to confirm this.
Extract (Regular Expression mode only)
Extracts all occurrences of regular expression matches to the Scratchpad.  This text can then be copied, saved or sorted. For instance, you could use this function to pull all email addresses from a folder of text files.

Show preview option

7. Show preview option
Unchecking this option will hide the text preview frame below the results list.  This will allow the list area to expand and may improve performance when clicking on large files using complex regular expressions.

Full window view (Toggle button)

8. Full window view (Toggle button)
In full window view, TextCrawler will hide the search criteria tabs and display the results (and preview, if turned on) in the full window.  This mode is useful for browsing through results after a search. Click the button again (or select the option in the View menu) to return to normal.

Results list

9. Results list
This list contains the results of the last performed search/replace operation.
Right-clicking on a file will bring up the Results list context menu.

Preview window

10. Preview window
The preview of the last search/replace operation on the currently selected file. The line number in the file is shown. You can page through the results using the buttons at the top left.
If 'Preview all matches together' mode (View menu) is enabled then this window will contain the results from all the files.
Note: The format of the preview can be changed in the Options - Preview window.

Preview replace (Toggle)

11. Preview replace (Toggle)
Toggles the preview window to show the results of a replace operation.  This doesn't write to the file.
Note: Not available in 'Preview all matches together' mode.

Find in preview window

12. Find in preview window
Search the text in the preview window.