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Last Updated May 24, 2021 7:41 am

Sometimes called text editor, a program that enables you to create and edit text files. There are many different types of editors, but they all fall into two general categories:

  • line editors: A primitive form of editor that requires you to specify a specific line of textbefore you can make changes to it.
  • screen -oriented editors: Also called full-screen editors, these editors enable you to modify any text that appears on the display screen by moving the cursor to the desired location.
  • The distinction between editors and word processors is not clear-cut, but in general, word processors provide many more formatting features. Nowadays, the term editor usually refers to source codeeditors that include many special features for writing and editing source code.