Questions about Notepad++ – can it be used as sort of a MS Word/Excel hybrid?


I just began using a text editor called Notepad++. I'm in the process of learning some basic HTML & CSS writing and I really like the way Notepad++ automatically color codes the different components of the code. I also like the ability to manipulate (indent, etc.) multiple similar but noncontiguous lines.

I'm wondering if there is any way to do something similar with miscellaneous text entries. For example, can I define certain rows of random text say, as belonging to one particular group so that I can format them or manipulate them en masse (in sort of the same way changes can be applied to multiple rows by designating them as belonging to a common style in MS Word)?

I've always had this hope of finding an app which is sort of a hybrid between MS Word and Excel—in other words, one that allows you to enter text (i.e. sentences & paragraphs, etc.) but also have some of the advantages of columns. Notepad++ impresses me as being a step in that direction but I really don't know much at this point about how to exploit its features.

And btw, if some other app comes to mind that might better accomplish what I'm describing (assuming it makes any sense), I would be happy to hear about it.  :))

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Elton PascuaCommented:
When it comes to styling, one of the most powerful I would say is Adobe InDesign.
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