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Can I use a different text editor in Visual C++, and if so,
how?  I have visual C++ ver 6.0 Pro.
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You cannot use a different text editor IN Visual C++, but you can use a different text editor WITH Visual C++.  I use the TSE32 editor from a DOS box to make changes to my source code.  If VC has the file loaded when I work on it in the editor, then when I save the file from the other editor, VC will detect that the file has changed and will reload the file with the changes.

The only dissadvantage to this is that when you use VC's features to find the line containing compiler errors, it of course finds the line in its text editor, not yours.  So you will find yourself switching between the two at times.  But the bulk of your coding can be done in an external editor.  (If this really bothers you and your editor supports macros or a similar feature, your can write a macro that parses the error log and finds the source code lines for you.  I've done that with TSE and MASM, but never bothered to do the same with VC.)


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