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Microsoft KB Archive/100429

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How to Specify an External Editor for Text Files

Article ID: 100429

Article Last Modified on 12/3/2003


  • Microsoft FoxPro 2.6 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft FoxPro 2.6a Standard Edition
  • Microsoft FoxPro 2.6 for MS-DOS
  • Microsoft FoxPro 2.6a Standard Edition

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Microsoft FoxPro supports the use of an external editor for the editing of text files. In Microsoft FoxPro for Windows, this can either be a Windows-based editor or an MS-DOS-based editor.

You can use the TEDIT entry in the CONFIG.FPW file to control what text editor will be used.

The normal format for the TEDIT entry in the CONFIG.FPW file is:

TEDIT=/0 <editor>

The /0 (slash zero) parameter is used to tell FoxPro to give the editor as much memory as possible. This format can be used to start an MS-DOS-based editor such as EDIT.COM from MS-DOS versions 5.0 and later, as follows:


If you want to use a Windows-based editor, you must use the /N parameter. This parameter is used to specify that the program to be run is a Windows-based program. For example, if you want to use NOTEPAD.EXE as your editor, use the following line:



For more information on the /0 and /N parameters, see the RUN command in the Help file, or see the "Language Reference" manual.

Additional query words: FoxDos FoxWin 2.50 2.50a 2.50b

Keywords: KB100429