When you install NoteTab, the setup program makes only the minimum required changes to the registry (which many users appreciate). As a result, it does not configure your Windows system for file associations with NoteTab.
But the solution is really simple because file associations are managed directly from within NoteTab. Simply open the Options dialog box (you’ll find the command at the bottom of the View menu), click on the Associations tab, and then add extensions (without the dot) one by one.
Yes, as long as you are not running Windows 7 or Vista. If NoteTab is correctly installed, you will find a command called Replace MS Notepad under the Help menu. When you choose that command, NoteTab will first rename Notepad by adding the extension .MS to the program file. Then, it will copy a special little program called NOTEPAD.STB to the Windows directory and rename it NOTEPAD.EXE. Whenever this program is executed, it launches NoteTab instead of Notepad. If you want to restore MS Notepad after this operation, just use the command Restore MS Notepad, which is also available under the Help menu.
Note that this feature is currently not available under Windows 7 and Vista. It may also not always work properly under Windows 2000, ME, and XP, due to the Windows File Protection (WFP) monitoring system, which checks for changes to system files. In this case, you should assign text files to NoteTab through the Associations screen in the Options dialog box.
Although NoteTab is not a native Unicode editor, you can open, edit, convert, and save such files reliably as long as all the text fits within a single ANSI code page supported by Windows. If the file contains characters from more than one code page, or if they are based on a code page not supported by your Windows system, then they will fail to convert to the ANSI format and NoteTab will open the file as Read-Only.
Note that you can turn off Read-Only mode through the Document menu. If you choose to edit such documents in NoteTab and save the changes, some characters may be lost in the process.
You can experiment with this capability in NoteTab 6 by using the Open Sample File Clip in the SampleCode library. It offers to open a selection of sample plain text and HTML files containing text based on a variety of character sets (Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Greek, Hebrew, etc.)
Definition: An ANSI code page is a character encoding standard, which is used to map a specific set of characters to numerical code point values. A code page is used to correctly display and convert non-Unicode text.
Unlike NoteTab Std, NoteTab Pro cannot use variable-width fonts. It therefore limits your choice of fonts to those that are fixed-width. This design is imposed by the input control used in NoteTab Pro. The benefits are better performance and a choice of commands/configuration options that are not available in NoteTab Std.
If you don’t like the fixed-width fonts available on your computer, try the beautiful DejaVu Mono font. You can download and use it for free.
Although the mouse scroll wheel works well in NoteTab for the majority of users, a few have reported problems – sometimes after simply updating the mouse driver. We’ve never been able to reproduce any of the reported issues and therefore don’t know what is the source of the problem. A quick search on the Internet shows that there are many reports of malfunctioning scroll wheels with other Windows applications, so this is not an issue limited to NoteTab.
Installing the free third-party WizMouse utility usually solves scroll wheel issues.
Files produced by word processors are usually not saved as plain text files. They contain all sorts of control codes that only the word processor that created them (or compatible programs) can understand. Word processors use those special control characters to store text formatting information (bold, italic, line spacing, paragraph alignment, etc.).
The NoteTab editor only understands plain text files (that’s why it is so fast compared to a word processor) and will display the special control characters as funny symbols or rectangles on the screen. Some of the control characters may be interpreted by NoteTab as signaling the end of a file. This explains why such files are rarely fully loaded in the editor.
Unless you really know what you are doing, you should not edit or save such files with NoteTab. Doing this may render them unreadable to your word processor!
All programs using the standard Windows file dialog boxes do this. In fact, the default extension is added by Windows, not NoteTab. If the extension you are using is is associated to a program or is listed in the dialog’s file-type list, then the default extension is not added. You can add any extension to the list by opening the Options dialog box and then activating the File Filters tab. Another method to avoid appending the default extension is to enclose the file name in double quotes (for example: "MyFile.2012").
Microsoft added this behavior with the introduction of long file names. You can now have file names like the following:
The .2012 is not considered as being part of the extension. And if you type MyFile.2012 in the File dialog box and .2012 is not listed as a file extension (or associated with another application), then Windows assumes it is part of the file name and name does not have an extension – hence it adds the default extension.
The main reason behind this type of issue is that Windows or a protection utility is not allowing NoteTab to save its settings to disk. Usually this happens because NoteTab is configured to save its settings under the Program Files folder. When you are running Windows 7 or Vista, or running Windows XP/2000 without administrative privileges, or using certain anti-virus products, programs cannot save data in protected folders, like Program Files and WINDOWS.
By default, NoteTab 7, 6 and 5 are designed to store settings under the Application Data folder (AppData\Roaming on Windows 7 and Vista). However, if you’ve installed NoteTab over version 4.x to retain your settings, NoteTab will work the old way and continue to save settings under the Program Files folder. The solution is to move NoteTab’s INI file to the Application Data folder. This procedure is explained above in the How do I transfer settings from NoteTab 4 to NoteTab 7? FAQ topic.
Yes, NoteTab includes a full context-sensitive help file. Just press F1 from any screen in the program to open the appropriate section. Or select Help | Help Topics from the menu.
NoteTab also includes specialized help files for Clip programming, and Regular Expressions. Plus a tutorial on using Outline files. All are available from NoteTab’s Help menu.