README FOR MultiEd32   2.51

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MultiEd is a programmable text editor that runs under 32 bit Windows operating systems. It is designed especially for programmers and HTML writers. It is copyrighted and all rights are reserved by the author. However, it is available to educational, nonprofit organizations, faculty and students as freeware.

Additional options and updates may be available from the MultiEd web page:

Version 2.51 is an update to MultiEd 2.35 which was an updated version 2.2..

Usability improvements

Downloading and installing MultiEd:

The best way to download MultiEd32: Use the URL:

Where do you want to install MultiEd?

By default, MultiEd is installed in the folder C:\MultiEd. You may prefer to install it in C:\Program Files\MultiEd. However, beware that there are some possible complications:

  1. Certain features just may not work in older operating systems such as NT4.0, Windows 95, and Windows 98.
  2. The first time you use the spell checker, you will have to "search" for the dictionaries. That is easy. They are in the same folder as MultiEd. The main directory is American.dct and the user directory is default.udt.
  3. Storing MultiEd in a subdirectory of "Program files" slightly complicates programming of its programmable tools in Windows 2000 and Windows Me. In the older versions of Windows listed in point 1, it may make programming nearly impossible in certain situations.
  4. It may complicate use with some older MS-DOS programs such Masm that cannot handle file or directory names with blanks in them.

To install MultiEd32 2.51:

  1. Down load instillation file.
  2. If have you installed any version of MultiEd, please uninstall it first. Just delete the folder
    (or the directory in which MultiEd is installed) In addition if you had version older than 2.0, please delete the files:
    from your windows directory, if they exist.
  3. Execute the installation file. You will be given options to add MultiEd short cuts to the desk top and start menu. By default, it will put the files in
    Please see the discussion above if you prefer a different directory.
  4. (You may skip to step 6, if desired.) Test MultiEd by clicking on
    or its shortcut. Open some of the Example files in the
    directory. Check to see that files are properly colored. Try clicking the project tool button and open the
    Then click on some of the files in its window. If the file and function tree does not appear on the left side of the MultiEd window when the project is open, check to make sure that
          "Project > Show Tree".
    menu item is checked.
  5. You may need/want to setup some of the programmable tools buttons. Try clicking some of the programmable tool buttons while editing files for programming languages you use. If you have trouble, see the "Special considerations for ..." section below.
  6. You may want to look at the tutorial files.

    The tutorial

    is especially recommended to first time users.

Uninstalling MultiEd:

To uninstall this version (or any version from 2.0 to 2.43), just delete the C:\MultiEd folder (or the folder in which MultiEd is installed) and any desktop icons or start menu items that reference MultiEd. All files are in the C:\MultiEd folder or its subfolders. MultiEd does not use the registry.

Installation of MultiEd files in computer labs:

MultiEd has some features that make a "read-only" installation feasible. It is even possible to allow users to customize their own private initialization files. See help on Custom Initialization.

Special considerations for Java, JavaFX, Processing, Processing.js, and MASM

MultiEd is not an IDE. Instead it provides connections to compilers and assembers. To achieve full support of Java, JavaFX Processing, Processing.js and assembler, consider the following:

Comments and suggestions:

In case there are comments, questions or problems, **please** contact Please include the version and the date in the About box.

Thank you for using MultiEd.

James Brink Department of Computer Science and Computer Engineering Pacific Lutheran University.

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Revised: 10/5/2011