Built-in Variables

HippoEDIT has rather rich set of built-in variables that can be used in different contexts:

  • Tools - as parameters in argument, command, initial directory fields
  • Code Templates - as parameters inside of code template expand text
  • Print Headers/Footers - as parameters inside print headers / footers
  • File Templates - for pre-filing defaults
  • Favorites - as parameters inside path of favorites folders
  • Plugins - plugins can as read built-in variables as expose own one in global namespace

Below find a list of variables you can use:

Example Description
%DateTime% 03.10.2009 22:03:07 current date and time
%Date% 03.10.2009 current date
%Time% 22:03:07 current time
%Year% 2009 current year
%Month% 10 current month
%Day% 04 current day
%FileDate% last modification date of current document
%FileTime% last modification time of current document
%CurrentWord% anywordcurrent word under cursor
%CurrentLine% 12 current number of the line where the cursor is in
%CurrentColumn% 72 current number of the column where the cursor is in
%Clipboard% text from clipboard current content of the clipboard as text
%[ ]% C:\Programme\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE read registry value as %[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\IEXPLORE.EXE]%
%SelectedText% selected word, words, line or lines currently selected text
%SelectedLine% selected lines currently selected lines, the template applied on every line
%Document% filename.ext name of current document
%FileNameWOExt% filename base name of current document without the extension
%FileName% X:\folder\path\filename.ext name of current document incl. the path %FileDir%
%FileDir% X:\folder\path Path of current file
%OpenFiles% X:\folder\filename.ext “Y:\folder name\file name.ext” Z:\test\a\b\file.ext insert an space separated string with currently open files at the current place into the document or given as parameter to an external tool
%|% after inserting the template FOR x = 1 TO %|% the cursor is placed on the place of %|% to place the cursor at an wished position
%Variable name% after inserting an template like %Test% user is prompted by an dialog labeled with Test where he can enter an string named Interactive in context menu → prompt the user with an dialog to insert an string to be inserted at the current place into the document or given as parameter to an external tool
%InteractiveFile% prompt the user with an dialog to select a file. The path and file name will be inserted at the current place into the document or given as parameter to an external tool
%InteractiveDir% prompt the user with an dialog to select an directory. This path will be inserted at the current place into the document or given as parameter to an external tool
%OpenFilesInteractive% prompt the user with an list of currently opened files. The user can select one or more to feed them as parameter to an external tool
%AppDir% X:\path\HippoEDIT current path to the folder with the HippoEdit.exe
%AppDrive% X: current drive which holds the folder with the HippoEdit.exe
%AppDataDir% X:\path\HippoEDIT\Data current path to the HippoEdit data folder
%UserDir% X:\Users\User\AppData\Roaming\HippoEDIT\ referring user directory (directory where all user data has been installed. As \data, \workspaces *.config, for portable mode it equal to %AppDir%)
% % if you want to insert an %-sign itself. F.ex. for *.CMD Batch files, if you want to create an template like ECHO %1 %2 you have to write this as ECHO % %1 % %2 the symbol % itself, do not enter space between % % like here. This is only limitation of the wiki formatting here
%ProjectFiles% list of files from current project separated by space
%ProjectDir% Project work directory
%MainFile% Project Main File Name
%MainFilePath% Project Main File Path
%MainFileDir% Main Project File Directory
%ProjectFilesInteractive% brings window with list of files from current project where you can select files you need
%?% If found in template text causes HE to show for review/modify complete template with all expanded tags before explicit template usage. Can be used everywhere where templates are used: in tools, help items or editor.
Do not forget, you have also user variables and environment variables