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Accessing the text code of an HTML file for editing

  1. Jun 16, 2011 #1
    I had installed FileZilla FTP freeware on my computer.

    Later, I was unable to edit my HTML file (pushed wrong button?) Whenever I tried to open or edit it using Word (my only editor which now seems to accept HTML), the webpage would appear, rather than the text code. I am using Windows 7 on a PC.

    How do I edit the text code within an HTML file without the webpage popping up instead?
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  3. Jun 16, 2011 #2


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    Get a real HTML editor. Word is a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) word processor. Open it in Notepad (or Wordpad... or whatever it is in Windows 7) if you don't feel like downloading a 3rd party text editor.
  4. Jun 16, 2011 #3
    You might try something like notepad++ to edit that.

    Not sure how you'd tell Office to show it to you as markup. I suppose you could change the file extension from .html to .txt so it thinks it's just a text file. Lame, and a hack, but will probably work.

    Can't say more since I run Linux and LibreOffice. But notepad++ is pretty a pretty good Windows editor, and it's free. It should solve that problem.
  5. Jun 16, 2011 #4


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    Get notepad++. It's great, as far as Windows editors go. (You should really use vim. :wink:)
  6. Jun 17, 2011 #5
    If I have a NoteBook document in HTML code, how do I label its extension as .html and insure that it can appear on the web?

    If I have an HTML document that consistently appears as a webpage when I attempt to open, view or edit it, how do I access the text code for editing?
  7. Jun 17, 2011 #6
    I don't know NoteBook, but I did a quick search and I understand it saves as a text file by default. You should just be able to save it with the .html file extension (i.e. Save As...). That's what it looks like to me right now. Just about every GUI text editor I've ever seen works that way.

    The tools for that job are a normal text editor or some kind of HTML editor. Use one of those and it shouldn't be an issue. If you just double-click the file in your file manager, it'll probably just load it in your browser. You should be able to right click on it and choose something like "Open with..." and choose the right editor. Or you can start the editor directly and open it from there.

    My overall advice is still the same. Download notepad++ and use that. Problem solved.
  8. Jun 17, 2011 #7
    I'll echo the Notepad++ recommendation. I cringe at the thought of trying to use Word to edit html. Notepad++ is a free and open source program; it really is the best text editor for Windows.

    At the very least, use Microsoft's built in Notepad rather than Word.
  9. Jun 18, 2011 #8
    You all are wonderful! Notepad++ works beautifully!
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