Suppose you have a large list of items that you want to put into a SQL in list statement, like this:
where firstname in ( 'Aaron', 'Abbey', 'Abe' )
But the data you have in is Excel or a text file, and doesn’t have the quotes and commas around it.
You can quickly modify the data using the RegEx Replace All feature of NotePad++.
Data to change and the Replace Commands
This is what it means. The “Find What” is set to (.*). That means find all characters on each line, and capture it. The parentheses are the capture symbols, everything between them is captured. The Dot means any-character, and the * means 0 or more of those characters.
The “Replace with” is set to ‘\1’. The backslash-one refers to the first capture in parentheses from the “Find what” box above. Then the other symbols happen to be what I wanted to add, a single-quote at the beginning, and a single-quote at the end.
where firstname in ( 'Aaron', 'Abbey', 'Abe', )
The only issue is the last name in the list will also have a comma after it. You will just have to change that manually. (I.e. remove the comma after “Abe” above).