How to Choose Columns in KEDIT

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How to Choose Columns in KEDIT
KEDIT takes care of column aggravation. (Steve Cole/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Ever try to do a spreadsheet by using the tab and space bars? Talk about tedious and downright aggravating! The columns never stay aligned when you try to print the document, and you wonder what went wrong. Thankfully, there are text editors, like KEDIT, that will put that entry or response in the right column every time and keep the columns properly aligned. In KEDIT, you can name and set one or more column numbers, insert or delete added columns and adjust the size of each column as needed. Following a few onscreen prompts will have you creating professional columns quickly.

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  1. 1

    Set as many columns or column numbers as needed across the page. KEDIT drops a vertical line to indicate and separate the columns. Keep in mind this line will not appear on the actual text; it is there to help you visually as you lay out the page columns like you want them.

  2. 2

    Select "Options," then "Set Command" in the KEDIT text manager screen. Leave "Category" at "All." Select "Colmark" in the option field. Place a check at "Display Column Markers."

    How to Choose Columns in KEDIT
    KEDIT can finally put an end to wandering columns. (long numbers on paper image by Vita Vanaga from
  3. 3

    Enter the column number in the "Column(s)" field for the column(s) you want a particular marker/response entered. Insert "50" for now and the word "Yes" just for this instruction. You can also enter a list of blank column numbers to place markers/responses in. Click "OK" if this is how you want the columns set up for the entire editing session. Do not click the "Save Setting" button since this is a temporary set-up for this session only.

  4. 4

    Review the screen. Note that column 50 is indicated with a vertical line and the response, "Yes," to the right of the line, is showing. Set up the next columns with single entries on each file line, and align the field lines with certain columns.

    How to Choose Columns in KEDIT
    KEDIT can even handle columns this dense. (pencil and numbers image by Anatoly Tiplyashin from
  5. 5

    Use "Last Name," "First Name," "Middle Initial" and "Street Address" as your columns to set up for this practice example. Use the "Set Boundmark" this time to set up these multiple fields. Yes, you can use the "Colmark" option for this, but "Set Boundmark" is better for this part of the example.

  6. 6

    Use "Set Boundmark" when you want to match your field entries with your tab settings, zone settings and margins, left and right. Match your field markings with your tab settings to more efficiently navigate to the successive entries for these multiple fields.

    How to Choose Columns in KEDIT
    Setting BOUNDMARK can speed up column creation. (pile of paper sheets with paper-clips image by stassad from
  7. 7

    Go to the "Options" and select "Set Commands." Select tabs in the "Option" field. Uncheck the "Set Specific Tab Options" field.

  8. 8

    Uncheck the "After Any Specific Columns, Set Tabs Every" option when you want the cursor to wrap when you accidentally go beyond the last listed tab setting of the first field. Complete this learning exercise by rechecking the "Set Specific Tab Column" field and entering a sequence of tab stops that will accommodate the amount of information entered into the columns.

    How to Choose Columns in KEDIT
    Finally, get those columns organised and readable. (paper work image by Alexey Klementiev from

Tips and warnings

  • Involving tabs lets you navigate much more quickly between columns.
  • Make sure the wrap feature is activated for wider and more columns.

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