How to Customize SciTE Status bar: Create your own to your liking with this simple hack in 2021

scite status barHere I show you how to customize SciTE status bar.  This  is a great, easy, way to add more relevant information to your needs.

In the below video I walk through how you can make minor tweaks to your status bar by editing your user.properties file.  Further down the page I’ve provided some of the built-in variables however there are a ton of additional ones you can check out the defined variables here.

Here is the syntax I walked through in the below video.  The first SciTE statusbar.text.1 that is commented out is one I use by default.

SciTE4AutoHotkey Status Bar customization video

Built-in variables for SciTE status bar

Variable NameMeaning
FilePathfull path of the current file
FileDirdirectory of the current file without a trailing slash
FileNamebase name of the current file
FileExtextension of the current file
FileNameExt$(FileName).$(FileExt)
Languagename of the lexer used for the current file
SessionPathfull path of the current session
CurrentSelectionvalue of the currently selected text
CurrentWordvalue of word which the caret is within or near
Replacementsnumber of replacements made by last Replace command
SelectionStartColumncolumn where selection starts
SelectionStartLineline where selection starts
SelectionEndColumncolumn where selection ends
SelectionEndLineline where selection ends
CurrentMessagemost recently selected output pane message
SciteDefaultHomedirectory in which the Global Options file is found
SciteUserHomedirectory in which the User Options file is found
SciteDirectoryHomedirectory in which the Directory Options file is found
APIPathlist of full paths of API files from api.filepattern
AbbrevPathfull path of abbreviations file
ScaleFactorthe screen’s scaling factor with a default value of 100

How to create your own Custom SciTE Hotkeys by hacking your SciTE user.properties file

Custom SciTE Hotkeys

Creating custom SciTE Hotkeys are a great way to speed-up working in SciTE!

Hotkeys are a great way to be more efficient!  AutoHotkey makes it easy to create a hotkey for nearly anything however you can easily create your own custom SciTE Hotkeys by making a tweak to your user.properties file.

Below is the text I have in my user.properties file which builds in hotkeys without needing AutoHotkey.  You can find additional commands by going here.  Just don’t forget you are not limited to these.  In the video I show how you can create your own!  Make sure you do not have any comments within your list.  In my video I have them but I realized, later, that this causes issues.

btw- To be able to highlight text and move it up or down you can add
Ctrl+Shift+Up|2620|\
Ctrl+Shift+Down|2621|\

This video walks through creating your own Custom SciTE Hotkeys

Customize your SciTE context menu: Make your favorite commands 1 click away with this simple hack

Customize your SciTE context menuOne of my favorite things about SciTE is that it is highly customizable!   If you have favorite commands you frequently use it is really easy to add them to Customize your SciTE context menu.

By tweaking your user.properties file you can easily make your favorite commands one click away!

Here is text from my User.Properties file.  Make sure you check out this url for additional commands/examples.

Customize your SciTE context menu

How to open SciTE multiple times with a cool hack to your SciTE user.properties file

open SciTE multiple timesHow to open SciTE multiple times

Typically I like having one SciTE window with multiple tabs however, at times, it is very handy to have a Second SciTE window.

Making a minor tweak to your user.properties file is an easy way to achieve this.

Just open your current user.properties file and add the below code to it.  You can find out more about SciTE4Autohotkey here
For a quick review of how it works and how to add it you can check out this video

How to open SciTE multiple times