Using built-in SciTE Find and Replace features- Great time savers!

It always amazes me of how frequently I have to manipulate text I in various ways.  More often than not it is simply doing a SciTE find and replace but being able to have other ways to manipulate text is also a great time saver!

In this video I walk through some of the tips & tricks of using SciTE search and replace text within the text editor.  I also demonstrate one of the “coolest” features which is block / typing across multiple lines.  This is a GREAT feature which many do not know how to use.  The Regular Expressions and dealing with line returns / new lines are also very helpful.


SciTE find and replace

In the video I also showed how I updated my AutoHotKey file.  Below is the line I added

And here are a couple of helpful pages with SciTE  documentation, SciTE RegEx documentation

demo SciTE Find and Replace features

Excellent SciTE search and replace functionality

To avoid having to escape parens (watch above video) add the following in your SciTE file.   If set to 0, syntax uses the old Unix style where \( and \) mark capturing sections while ( and ) are themselves.  If set to 1, syntax uses the more common style where ( and ) mark capturing sections while \( and \) are plain parentheses.


Here are some useful POSIX terms which are more readable: [:xxx:] were xxx is one of the following words:
alnum    letters and digits
alpha    letters
word “word” characters (like \w)
digit    decimal digits (like \d)
space    white space
punct    printing characters, excluding letters and digits
lower    lower case letters
upper    upper case letters

(Regular Expressions) RegEx to clean text on funky SPSS labels

RegEx to clean text

RegEx to Clean Text

I used to work in Market Research and would spend hours cleaning up labels from surveys I’d programmed in online tools. The below video shows how easy it can be if you understand regular expressions and a little programming.

Regular Expressions can have a steep learning curve however it is really worth it if you continually get data that you need to clean.  You can also check out this post of mine showing how they can be used to automate your metrics.

Regex on funky labels

A handy cheat-sheet is downloadable from here and a wonderful course from Kevin Skoglund available from is available here.  Below is a great intro to the Regular Expressions.

An introduction to regular expressions | overview

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SPSS macro to remove characters from strings

SPSS macro

SPSS macro to remove characters from strings

While SPSS has many strengths, string manipulation is NOT one of them! Don’t get me wrong, you can manipulate strings however the syntax for doing so is very complex.

If you are still using an older version of SPSS, this macro shows how you can easily remove character(s) from a string both anywhere in the string or at a certain location.  Newer versions have a Replace command which can be used to remove unwanted characters.

Video demonstrating SPSS macro to remove characters from strings


Removing charchters from strings in SPSS