Add quotation at the start and end of each line in Notepad++

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I have a list (in a .txt file) which I'd like to quickly convert to JavaScript Syntax, so I want to take the following:

AliceBlue
AntiqueWhite
Aqua
Aquamarine
Azure
Beige
Bisque
Black
BlanchedAlmond

and convert it to an array literal...

var myArray = ["AliceBlue", "AntiqueWhite", ... ]

I have the list in notepad++ and I need a reg expression to add the " at the start of the line and ", at the end and remove the line break... does anyone have a quick fix to do this? I'm terrible with RegEx.

I often have to perform such tasks so to know how to do this would be a great benefit to me. Many thanks

This question is tagged with regex text-editor notepad++

~ Asked on 2012-01-13 10:48:29

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You won't be able to do it in a single replacement; you'll have to perform a few steps. Here's how I'd do it:

  1. Find (in regular expression mode):

    (.+)
    

    Replace with:

    "\1"
    

    This adds the quotes:

    "AliceBlue"
    "AntiqueWhite"
    "Aqua"
    "Aquamarine"
    "Azure"
    "Beige"
    "Bisque"
    "Black"
    "BlanchedAlmond"
    
  2. Find (in extended mode):

    \r\n
    

    Replace with (with a space after the comma, not shown):

    , 
    

    This converts the lines into a comma-separated list:

    "AliceBlue", "AntiqueWhite", "Aqua", "Aquamarine", "Azure", "Beige", "Bisque", "Black", "BlanchedAlmond"
    

  3. Add the var myArray = assignment and braces manually:

    var myArray = ["AliceBlue", "AntiqueWhite", "Aqua", "Aquamarine", "Azure", "Beige", "Bisque", "Black", "BlanchedAlmond"];
    

~ Answered on 2012-01-13 11:03:41


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  • One simple way is replace \n(newline) with ","(double-quote comma double-quote) after this append double-quote in the start and end of file.

example:

      AliceBlue
      AntiqueWhite
      Aqua
      Aquamarine
      Beige
  • Replcae \n with ","

      AliceBlue","AntiqueWhite","Aqua","Aquamarine","Beige
    
  • Now append "(double-quote) at the start and end

     "AliceBlue","AntiqueWhite","Aqua","Aquamarine","Beige"
    

If your text contains blank lines in between you can use regular expression \n+ instead of \n

example:

      AliceBlue

      AntiqueWhite
      Aqua


      Aquamarine
      Beige
  • Replcae \n+ with "," (in regex mode)

      AliceBlue","AntiqueWhite","Aqua","Aquamarine","Beige
    
  • Now append "(double-quote) at the start and end

     "AliceBlue","AntiqueWhite","Aqua","Aquamarine","Beige"
    

~ Answered on 2014-02-18 06:24:16


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