Have you ever felt frustrated when you just want to look at the content of a large text file but it takes forever for Notepad or Word to open it?
This program was designed for viewing large (>1GB) text files.
It uses little memory and is able to open a gigabyte file instantly.
Background file indexing makes browsing even faster.
It opens files that are currently being written by other programs, and automatically checks and reads the files if new contents have been appended.
It supports view split. The user may split the view either horizontally or vertically, and have each side show different portion of the same file.
It allows the user to perform high-speed complex text search by means of plain text or regular expression. The regular expression syntax is slightly different from the standard ones.
The regular expressions for finding the following items have been provided as preset for the convenience of the users:
date of any format
time of any format
domestic phone number (US & Canada)
social security number
For CSV (Comma Separated Value) files, when the user hovers the mouse over any field in the file, a hint automatically appears with the field name.
The program opens and displays both ANSI and Unicode text files. It currently does not support Unicode big endian and UTF-8.
It allows the user to change display parameters, which include:
font, font style, and font size.
colors of text, selected text, and URL.
background color and background image. (The user may use any JPG or BMP file as the background image. A sophisticated algorithm is used to soften the image and then blend the softened image with the background color perfectly.)
word-wrap length in character. (It is zero i.e. disabled by default.)
automatic detection of URL addresses (namely HTTP, FTP and email addresses).
Display parameters are automatically saved and associated with filename extensions.
You may use mouse wheel to scroll the content vertically or horizontally, or to increase/decrease the font size.
You may use drag-and-drop to open a text file. The program remembers recently opened files.
It remembers the window position/size of the previous run.
Large Text File Viewer 5.2 requires Windows NT and up. It no longer supports Windows 9x.
No additional DLL (such as MFC or VB) is required.