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Freeware Text Editors

Q: Freeware Text Editors

What are the best free text editors that you know of? I'm looking for something besides wordpad right now, and it would be perfect if it was skinnable. =)

Thanks.

~Joshua~

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Preferred Solution: Freeware Text Editors

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A: Freeware Text Editors

Try Edit Pad Lite,

I have been using it for years and would not change

EditPad Lite - Free Text Editor for Windows

Hope this helps
Richard

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Does anyone know of any freeware editors that can do a HALFTONE effect? I found one called 20/20 but I can't seem to get a good download on it as it has possibly been discontinued? Any other programs?

Thanks

DAVID
 

A:Any freeware editors that can do HALFTONE effects???

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Are there any text editors that can be put on my website to enable my customers to type their own text? The catch is that I need the alignment "Justify", not just left or center. It is to justify their own text in a text box on a card that they are designing. Is there such a thing?

I want them to see a preview of their text as it would print. I really need full justification and interactive on my site.

Any suggestions?
 

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I have a strange problem with the text editors. ConText and Eclipse are not allowed to read and write on the system drive. I get ""Drive not accessable: Access is denied message " I tried to run as administrator and reinstall. Word Wordpad and Notepad++ don't have this problem Yesterday I ran a virus scan and updated my firewall. Windows 7 Ultimate x32.

A:Text editors can't access the system drive

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Deathmanlp


I have a strange problem with the text editors. ConText and Eclipse are not allowed to read and write on the system drive. I get ""Drive not accessable: Access is denied message " I tried to run as administrator and reinstall. Word Wordpad and Notepad++ don't have this problem Yesterday I ran a virus scan and updated my firewall. Windows 7 Ultimate x32.


The easiest way to fix this is to do a system restore. This should fix the problem.

Oli

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I am not an expert in this area. I am simply sharing my experience to help other users who may be experiencing the same thing.I saw a recommendation for Lazarus Form Recovery Add-on for FF (I use FF 10). The current release through FF is 2.3, but there is a new release v3.0.5 on their website. In addition, the new version is available for Chrome and Safari, and all three can be downloaded directly from Interclue. Honestly, if you're not having trouble or not using services like Gmail, and/or you have trouble losing data due to server problems, connection disruptions, etc., it's a great tool to have. I look forward to being able to use it again!I had noticed that on certain sites that used Rich Text editors that I would experience frequent pauses during which my keystrokes weren't buffered (recorded). I type pretty fast when I get going, so I found this supremely annoying, especially when I was writing email on Gmail or writing a post on a forum that uses RTE. The pauses happened more frequently the faster I typed, so I would often have to go back and fix the errors created by the pauses. Grrrrrrr I looked through my add-ons and only found one that interacted with typing - Lazarus 2.3. As soon as I disabled it, the problem stopped.I then contacted the author via email and explained my problem. I asked to know if v3.0.5 might resolve this problem.This was his response: Lazarus 2.3 has some serious architectural problems that manifested itself when sav... Read more

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Issue: All Chinese characters I try to view in text editors are being displayed as squares.

I can view the file in a browser (Chrome) and the Chinese characters appear correctly, but in text editors they are squares.

Background: I recently installed Windows 7 Service Pack 1 along with many other updates. I had not been installing any updates (yeah I know) but I wanted to be able to edit files with Chinese characters in them, so I installed all the available updates.

After I restarted the first time, I was delighted to see that the characters which were squares before were now legible Chinese characters. However, when I restarted again, the characters were back to squares.

I checked for updates and saw a few optional updates were available. I installed them, restarted, and the characters were back to being legible. I restarted again and the characters returned to being squares.

Now there are no available updates and the characters still display as squares. This happens no matter what text editor I use, be it Notepad++, Sublime Text, or plain old Notepad. The file is encoded with UTF-8 (it's been that way during both when I could see the characters and when I couldn't). It also happens no matter what font I use.

How can I fix this issue?

A:Chinese characters display as squares in text editors

My chinese word suddenly appear as Square box

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I have about a hundred and fifty odd files in html format and I want to convert them all to text fromat. That is to strip them all off the html tags.

Is there a freeware program that will convert them in batches?

many thanks in advance

jaygor
 

A:looking for html to text freeware editor

Don't know if this is exactly what you want but here you go:

http://download.com.com/3000-2058-9047904.html?tag=lst-0-9
 

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I have many book, most of them are in CHM, and above 200MB. I wants free software that can highlight the text and save.

Windows 7.
 

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I use speech to text frequently with my iPhone because I don't do well with the virtual keyboard. and I like the autocorrect for thingls like dont and cant. I'm pretty good with my desktop REAL keyboard, but I just got a microphone after my upgrade to Windows 10 and Cortana.

Is there any good freeware like what comes integrated with the iPhone where I can dictate to a text file?

Just asking.....

A:any good speech-to-text freeware?

Speech Recognition should be built in to Win 10. Give it a try.
Use speech recognition - Windows Help
Use Speech Recognition to operate windows and programs - Windows Help
Dictate text using Speech Recognition - Windows Help
Jerry

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Looking for a (easy to use, hopefully) program where I can scan text such a letter, or something from a magazine to Word2000 or WordPad and save it as a .doc (or .txt) file.
Scanner is a CanoScan N670U (Using USB)
 

A:Freeware Prog. to copy text to Word2000

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Hello,

Find the program here---

D-Color XP Download - Softpedia

I made my text yellow with transparent background.

See pictures in order--

1~~~ http://i47.tinypic.com/2rddir8.png

2~~~ http://i50.tinypic.com/2ur9k7k.png

It works on win 8 pro.Not just XP.

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Can any one help? I need to convert the written word, Dutch or Spainish to English. free stuff please. thanks....
 

A:I need freeware for convertion of written text,dutch to english

Not exactly freeware, but a website that does this for free:

http://babelfish.altavista.com/
 

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I have tried EditPad Lite but it cannot open text files > 2GB.

A:Which freeware for Windows 7 64bit can open text files > 2GB?

Try Notepad++.
Notepad++ Home

TextPad should also work.
TextPad - the text editor for Windows

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Would anyone know of a downloadable freeware, search & replace text editor that has the flexibility to allow line oriented deletions or insertions based on a key-word? More clearly, I wish, for example, to be able to find every occurrence of a specified word in the text and delete whatever follows it in that line of text; or insert a specified string after (or before) the word.

It would be nice if the editor could remove blank lines or groups of blank lines.

The freeware editors I have found do not seem to have such flexibility. They work on multiple files; I don't need that. One file at a time would be fine for me.

Suggestions?
 

A:Solved: Wanted: Freeware Search & Replace Text Editor

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Recently i have had to service a friends computer, i have attempted to add MalwareBytes (one of your forums recommended in stickied thread freeware progs) to help keep it clean, however i have been unable to register a free version, and there no option to just run the free version, it says trial at the top in brackets ~ its things like this that make freeware a bit of a chore.

A:Malware bytes freeware ~ unable to escape trial + just run freeware

When downloading it there is a popup that asks you if you want the trial version or free version. When these types of windows pop up, one must be very careful as what to tick an leave un-ticked. Read them very carefully and throughly.

Now for your question; I would un-install it and re-install it and just go through the process again only slower this time.

Those types of things get by even the best of us at some time or another.

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Does anyone know of a good free MP3/WAV editor?

I used to have a program that let me edit out parts of songs (like silent parts, or even delete parts of songs that I didn't like).

It also let me change the playback bitrate (for example, reduce song from 192 kbs to 128 kbs).

I don't remember what program that was, and I lost it when my computer crashed last year.

If you know of a similar free program, please let me know!

Thank you in advance,

Thomas Lessman
Email: [email protected]
 

A:MP3 & WAV Editors?

Exact Audio Copy - http://www.exactaudiocopy.de/ features a Wav editor; freeware.
 

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I've been searching (Google) all morning for a good review of the freeware pdf editors and haven't come up with any conclusive direction.
Anyone here have any input on pdf editors or know of a review to point to?
I'm not a power user, just need some simple features.
Thanks,

A:pdf editors

I use pdfescape to edit pdf documents online, and pdf24 to convert to pdf (works as a virtual printer).

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Q: Editors

So, I just go a new compy, everything works fine except one thing:

Whenever I rune something like an Editor, or Trainer, or certain types of Apps, (I.E. Cheatengine, A few EXEs, some SWFs) But not at the same time...

I get an error that says:

"This application has failed to initialize properly (0x0000135) Click OK to terminate."

Am I supposed to download some kinda reader or software, or something?
 

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I would like to remove parts of an mp3 file. My idea is to convert the mp3 to wav and then edit mp3 files. Does anyone know good Mp3 editors?
 

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Have tried just about everything recommended to improve performance and am at my wits end. Does anybody have good advice regarding reg editors? Don't want to start monkeying with the registry and really mess things up! I ran a scan with RegCure and it posted over 1200 errors but am not about to buy a product I am unsure of. Anything free out there?

A:Registry Editors

Most people here, including me, don't recommend using registry cleaners. They can delete things that can cripple your computer. I've done it to mine a few times. But, if you feel you need to do something there is THIS SITE which is Micro$oft's One Care that will go through your registry. Since it is their program, XP, it might be OK. But I'm not endorsing it. It too might do something wrong. I've used it a couple of times and so far nothing bad has happened.You can also click on Start, Run and do a sfc /scannow it will run a check on your system files and repair or replace them. You must have your XP disc in and sit there while it's running, because it won't always find the file it's looking for and you need to click on the "retry" button. It takes about 40 to 45 minutes on my computer...I'm sure someone else will come along with more advice soon and you can ponder all of it and decide what to do, or not do.Good Luck...

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Return To Castle W.

Rayman 2: The Great Escape

or Rayman 1 for that matter.

Do any editors exist for these games? Links please?
 

A:Do these Editors Exist?

For RTCW - Check their forums here :

http://www.rtcw.co.uk/forums/

I believe what you need is RTCW SDK - If nothing turns up at the above then use :

http://www.google.com

There are numerous mods and user missions so presumably the designers released an SDK.

I play Op Flashpoint and there are several gigs of d/ls for that.
 

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In "My Music" I have two sorts of files. Those I have downloaded from KaZaAlite, and those I have got off CD's using XP Media Player.

All the audio editors I have tried (including one that was suggested on this forum) either won't save the results as an mp3 (illegal?) or won't open certain files.

I do belly dancing and the tracks I have are maybe 15min long but the dance is 3min in the middle of the song! I was successful in chopping a song I downloaded off Kazaa (before Power Audio Editor run out of free time) but with the new audio editors I have tried, they will not open songs I have got from CD (Copywrite??).

Since I am only using the demo versions I wonderd if the purchased software would do the trick, but ranging in price from $5 - $345 I am unwilling to pay the price until I know more (and you can double those US dollars to equal NZ dollars!).
 

A:Audio editors - which one?

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I'm looking for a free photo editor I can download. I've used Picasa in the past but it seems to be a bit over encompassing. It picks out every face within every photo ever taken. I found face pictures of strangers only to find out they were way in the background of the pictures I have taken. I'm looking for something basic, user friendly and does a nice job in correcting sharpness, brightness/contrast, crops, etc., all the basics.
 

A:Photo Editors

Here's some Image Editor suggestions.

Most Image Viewers can perform the simple tasks you mentioned.

I use Irfanview as my default Image Viewer, then when I need more editing power, I switch to Photoshop
The freeware Gimp would be the Freeware Editor to closest to the power of Photoshop.
There's no sense in using a complicated and possibly slow Image editor to perform basic editing tasks
 

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I will soon be working on my website, and I was wondering if anyone knows of good HTML Editors to use.
I am mainly looking for something that I can set all the links up while offline. I was using Frontpage Express last time and the webpage worked fine on my PC but when I uploaded it I had lots of trouble getting all the links fixed up (The online pages were trying to link to files on my computer).
I would also like something that is very simple to use.

Thanks
Grenge
 

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I use Dreamweaver, and am happy with it. I have also used Frontpage Express, and you will like Dreamweaver much better. As there are many sites that offer tips and help with Dreamweaver, you should find all sorts of useful lthings to do.

[Edited by RandyG on 05-21-2001 at 08:57 AM]
 

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Any ideas for free/shareware editors that can do layers and have a few effects? I have tried Paintshop pro and Artgem and both have caused problems with my WIN 98 HP w/HP printer and visioneer scanner. Problems include OSD errors on startup and various programs reporting page faults that seem to disappear when the editors are removed. I liked what I could see of Artgem, but I could not keep it. Thanks.
 

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I have been advised elsewhere to leave all such software well alone, or at least treat with caution - particularly it seems if downloaded from CNET.  Would this forum's readers agree (or make any particular exceptions)?

A:Registry Editors

The official Bleeping Computer stance on Registry Cleaners which I assume is what you mean and not Registry Editors is as follows:http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/407147/answers-to-common-security-questions-best-practices/?p=2853053

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Hi Folks,
I have been reading CryptoLocker Ransomware Information Guide and FAQ.
It shows how to access 'Local Policy' & 'Group Policy' Editors.
I can't access them on my 2 computers.

A:Policy Editors

Those editors are only available on the Pro and higher versions.
 
Have a good day.

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Hello there.
I'm currently using HxD for...well, my Hex Editing needs. It's pretty great, but a big problem is that it can only compare 1 difference during each search. It's okay for when I'm expecting to find only 1 difference, but in most cases, I need to find the locations of tons and tons of differences.
What I'm looking for; A hex editor that can Compare between 2 files, and find all/multiple differences at the same time.

Thank you in advance
 

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Hi I'm doing some djing and I was wondering if anyone could recommend a good audio editor - I'd like to cut up my songs (shorten them, loop them...) etc.
I'm not looking for a HugE program - something of decent size.

Gimme some Feedback.
J

A:AUDIO editors?

Sorry I didn't see your post till just now, technical1.If your just dealing with WAV, MP3, AIFF, IRCAM, or Ogg Vorbis files, a good, fast, easy to use program is, Audacity.And it's Free.

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I would like to purchase a registry editor, like "RegNow", but would like input as to which would be the most recommended before I commit. Any advice would be welcomed.

Thank You,
PJ Staley
 

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Can someone plz direct me to a very user-friendly free website editor?
 

A:Website editors

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Hi everybody :
I'm thinking about switching to Windows 10. One question I have is.......what photo editor is compatible ? Currently....using Windows 7.....I'm using PhotoShop Elements 12 / 32-bit. But, it seems with Windows 10, the only version of PhotoShop Elements is "PhotoShop Elements 2020", which comes in 64-bit version. But, my System is 32-bit system. Advice ?
garystan
 

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Hi
are there any powerful 5.1 ch audio editors which are compliant with AC3?If not, are there any 5.1ch AC3 plugins for conventional editors?
 

A:Powerful 5.1 ch editors

5.1, for that one would think that you would need professional grade software. I've never done much audio editing, but i hear really good things about ACID and SoundForge from sony. Not cheap though. ther is also audacity, which is what i use, but i dont kniow about 5.1 on that.
 

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Greetings! I've searched everywhere for the answer to this issue. It must be common, but I can't find it anywhere. I'm using MS Word 2007, but the problem was the same in 2003. I sometimes get a text box that is behind regular text. I need to move it. One normally just selects a text box and drags, or cut and paste, it where one wants. However, when it is behind text, it can't be selected. I have found no way to select normal text and "send it behind."

How do I get to this text box that is behind my regular text? I've been told to "move the regular text out of the way, then you will be able to get to your text box." But the text box moves with text!

Thanks,

7nyerik
 

A:Text box stuck behind regular text in MS Word 2003 and 2007, Can't select text box.

You can't post a link to your computer to post an image. We cannot access your computer. Upload the png image as an attachment please. To do that, scroll down to "Manage Attachments" then click on "Browse" to locate the file on your computer then "open" it and then click on "Upload" and submit your reply.
 

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I have some videos I took with my Nikon 8800 Camera, the files are .mov . Do you guys know of any free video editors? Thanks
 

A:Free Video Editors

Avid Free DV
http://www.avid.com/freedv/index.asp
 

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What is the best registry editor, if there is one? I have been using Uniblue and ran it and corrected my registry. I then downloaded a trial copy of Registry Cure and ran it, It says I have over 600 errors in my registry. Anyway my subscription to Uniblue has expired, what should I get.

Thanks,
Phil

A:[SOLVED] Registry Editors

Hi Phil. . .

I would advise that you do not use any of these products. They are an absolute waste of money and they could end up corrupting your registry. Then you'll be back to see me when the BSOD epidemic begins.

The items it is flagging as "errors" are not errors at all - just entires in the registry that currently have no association to them. They hurt nothing, take up very little space and cause non-measurable time loss during boot-up when the registry is assembled from files found on your hard drive. We are talking about a fraction of a second.

600 items out of the Vista NT Registry which can easily contain 500,000 + entries represents just 0.12% of total.

To give you an example of how some of these "errors" occur - assume that you no longer have use for Microsoft Word and un-install it. A registry scanner/cleaner would then pick up anything associated with MS Word and its files, whose file extensions are .doc (≤ Word 2003) or .docx (Word 2007) files. The un-installed Word file extension relations found in the registry would still exist, but have no program to open should a doc/x file be clicked on.

I suggest that you leave the registry alone. There may be a time in the future after the installation/un-installation of hundreds of programs where this becomes necessary, but then should only be done so under the instructions of someone familiar with registry cleaners. Most important - back up the registry before using a re... Read more

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Let me start out by saying that, I didn't get the cyberlink video editor with my pc. I was wondering if anyone knows of some good free 64bit video editing software apps for Windows 10. I wanted to use Lightworks but it only goes up to Win8.1. I have tried Gopro Studio on my previous more powerful computer and it crashed several times, so I'm a little dubious to try it again to say the least. Any suggestion would be great, I haven't been having much luck with computers recently.
 

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I am looking for a simple WYSIWYG HTML editor to edit simple pages, that will work in Windows 7

Any suggestions?

I am not building web sites or applications .. I simply have a few local visual web pages that I run off a local drive ( kindda like portal pages). Dirt simple. Modest needs!

For years, I have been using Microsoft Frontpage 2000 - it was perfect. I still ahve the CD, but t would like not work anymore with WIndows 7 / Office 2003..and I dont want to start corrupting files.

So I am looking for a replacement . either free or up to $50.

I tried WebPlus, but gave up after 30 minutes of convoluted back and forth licencring and activation nonesene... on the free version!!. It insisted on a prodcut key, not supplied, and there were no retuen email address - and no one to write to and no way to contact them, with going thru dozens of FAQ pages. GOODBYE. Thats 30 minutes I will never get back.

I downloaded Komposer, but there was no way to isntall it. No setpup file; onlynested zip files. GOODBYE.

I downlaoded NVU, same as Komposer. Hopeless.

I really did not want ro go back to NOTEPAD, but , gotta say, its looking really really really good right now! In fact I will be changing my IE9 default web editor to NOTEPAD for now ( if it takes it)

Was hoping there we would at leat ONE product out there, that worked on Windows 7, that could easily be downaloded and installed, in less than two hours,, and had a WYSIWYG editor, to edit a local web page. I know thats... Read more

A:WYSIWYG HTML editors

been a while since i coded any html butr I do recall notepad being one of the best! (although not wisywig but it almost is if you keep saving and refreshing the browser window)

Last time I used Expression Web and HTMLKIT.

Html Kit is free here

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Are there any decent AUDIO EDITORS out there, preferrably freeware that will let you play around with audio files, such as WAVS and maybe let you play it in reverse, possibly add an effect or two etc... ?

Thanks in advance

DAVID
 

A:Any decent AUDIO EDITORS that can do this?

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I was checking out this cleanup software and found on one screenshot some references to the Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese, and Microsoft Pinyin Input Method Editors.

Do I need to keep those IME, or is it OK to remove them?

A:Do I need to keep these Input Method Editors?

Hi.
Don't use "cleaners".By using cleaners you earn 000.1 in speed and sometimes they make the things worse.
Windows 7 is not xp,windows 7 is smart is cleaning up and tidy up up itself without the need of extra software.
Though if you like to "clean" your system use the windows 7 friendly free CCleaner.

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Can anuone advise on a video editor to work on VRO files? I've tried a few and either they are not supported or when supported and try to import a 16:9 formated file , it shows as 4:3 with black bars left and right.
HELP!!!
 

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Does anyone know of free, excellent software that can:

(1) create pdf files from any sources document; and/or

(2) merge existing pdf files, or delete pages from existing pdf files.

Many thanks for your input.

A:Free pdf creators/editors

It may work I never used it PDF Converter — #1 Free PDF Creator — PrimoPDF , But the way I know is OpenOffice.org - The Free and Open Productivity Suite . Works gr8 .

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what are some good free sound editors?????thanks
 

A:Solved: sound editors????

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First, inevitable details:

1) I live in Taiwan and bought an English language version of Windoze 7 (home premium) while here. I have lived here for six years, so I have never seen another English language copy of 7 and don't know the behaviour of versions sold in other countries.

2) Yes, my software is registered and legal.

3) Yes, I used the search on this site before I posted this, as well as google and other searches.

The problem:

In other Windoze versions (XP, Vista, 2000, et al), if I type or paste an URL into a RTF editor, it will be treated as plain text. But Windoze 7 turns it into an active link, and if I click it with the mouse to edit it, it will open a page in my browser. If I use the keyboard and hit Enter or Space to try and break up the links, it opens the link in my browser. The links can no longer be edited, only deleted entirely.

How do I stop Windoze 7 from doing this? I want to disable this bug, but there is no mention of it in any menu or documentation. Does this happen in other people's copies or versions (e.g. enterprise) of Windoze 7?

At first I thought it was limited to Write/Wordpad, but it also happens in every other freeware RTF editor I've tried - QJot, AbiWord, RoughDraft, CopyWriter and a few others. And this annoying behaviour does not happen in other Windoze OSes, only in 7. I tested the same exact version of those same freeware RTF editors in other OSes without any problems.

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A:How do I disable links in Windoze 7 RTF editors?

I don't like to "bump" posts, but it reached page three with no replies.

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I would welcome suggestions for a reliable & simple to use Registry Editing tool. I have tried RegCleaner (free) by Juoni Viourno, but am having problems as it seems not to launch - see thread on uninstalling Realplayer in this forum.

I did find a beginners guide tp the Windows Registry at

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/tutorial74.html
 

A:Registry Editors for novice user

Some here:
http://www.techspot.com/downloadid14by4.html
Here's a free one:
http://www.techspot.com/downloads/3234-fix-my-registry.html
 

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I want to reopen a dialog from earlier this year containing the comment below from Flavalee:

"Stay completely away from registry cleaner/booster/optimizer/tune-up type programs, no matter who recommends them to you or what they claim they can do to your computer. They do little-to-nothing to improve speed or performance, but what they can do is break programs and damage the operating system. And if the damage is severe enough, you'll be looking at a reinstall of the operating system."

I have had some damage done but nothing that didnít mysteriously clear up on its own. Following a recent run of Dell's tune-up app (aka System Mechanic) where I may have pushed it too far by clicking a clean up function I didnít fully understand, I was left in a state where I could not run Task Mgr (ctrl-alt-del) nor any app. A mouse click did nothing, but cursor and mouse remained active. Oddly this cleared up after 2 reboots. I was reconciled to doing a system restore as I shut down late the previous evening and was greatly relieved. Now 2 wks later, all is still well.

So, this and other experiences Iíve had lend credence to the above quote, BUT Iíd like to see some qualification. For example, how do you explain the following: About 3-4 mo after acquiring my wifeís new Dell Vostro laptop last summer, it acquired IBS, or Intermittent BSOD Syndrome on boot-up. It would happen on 2 out of 3 fresh starts or restarts. Once it occurred, a restart would usually come up cl... Read more

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