New file

You can open a New file, this will create a random named New_XXXXXX file into your TEMPDIR folder, and erase it immediately but the file-path is kept.

You will surely write inside the new create buffer and surely save it after (surely not into the TEMPDIR folder).

Use the menu item Files ‣ New file or the shortcut Ctrl + N to create a new buffer as describe above.

File(s) opening

They are several ways for opening file(s) into it-edit:

  • By using the open file(s)
    • The menu item: Files ‣ Open file.
    • The button.
    • The shortcut Ctrl + O.

This will present you a file selector to open the wanted file(s).


The current tab influate the file-selector behaviour:

  • The active editor page will influence into which folder the file-selector gets open.

    Because the file-selector will be launched into the folder from the current edited file location.

    You can held the mouse over the tab (which content the current filename) to sea the absolute file path in a tool-tip.

    The same mechanic is by placing the mouse over the filename into the bottom bar.

  • You can configure to get the current edited file selected (highlighted into the file-selector) into the editor or not.

    note:This can be practice if per example you want to open the header file from a source file or inversed.
  • By using the recent file menu-item to open a recent used file.
  • You can open the last registered files, most often the files opened in the last session, by using the the menu item Reload Session ‣ Reload last files.

    This will open automatically all the last registered files.

    note:This can be practice if you work on a single project during some time.

Saving files

They are several ways of saving files into it-edit:

  1. You can save the current file simply using:
  • The menu item: Files ‣ Save file.
  • The button.
  • The shortcut Ctrl + S

This will save the file at is current location.

  1. You can save a “New” file or the edited file into another location by using:
  • The menu item: Files ‣ Save file as.
  • The button.
warning:They is no shortcut for this purpose, but if you save (Save file Ctrl + S) simply a “New” file this will act as a Save file as.
  1. You can save all the open files using:
  • The menu item: Files ‣ Save all files.
  • The button.
  • The shortcut Ctrl + Shift + S

This will save all the unsaved files at their current location.


You can distinguish if a file is currently save or modified by looking at the name in the tab:

if their is an asterisk*before the file name this mean that the file is currently not saved on the disk.

note:If enabled it-edit will remove all the trailing spaces from the document after having save it.

Reload file

You can reload a file from disk with it-edit by using:

  • The menu item: Files ‣ Reload current file.
  • The shortcut Ctrl + R.
note:This can be practice if per example you have redirect you compilation process to a file for debugging compilation errors.

File informations

You can get and change files informations by using the menu item Files ‣ File informations Ctrl + I.

This will display a top-level window presenting following informations and action to process on the file:

  1. A frame named: Main informations will display:
  • A nice image from the mime type of your current edited file.
  • The programming language of the file.
  • The mime type verbatim.
  • The file extension.
  1. A frame named: Mode will display a file permissions table like this:
|   | R | W | X |
| U | * | * |   |
| G | * | * |   |
| O | * |   |   |

U -> User.      R -> Read.

G -> Group.     W -> Write.

O -> Others.    X -> Execute.

The cells of the table contains check-boxes representing the current permissions of the file.

By simply (un)checking the check-boxes you change the permissions of the file on disk.

warning:By saving your file you will set the permissions according to your configuration into it-edit for files saving.
  1. A frame named: File counts display some few statistics of the file:
  • The number of lines.
  • The number of characters.
  • The number of words.

Of the file on the disk.

note:it-edit use the program wc to gets this informations.
warning:The number of line(s) and character(s) into your current edited buffer is visible into the bottom bar.
  1. A frame named: Timestamps display the:
  • Last status change date and time.
  • Last access date and time.
  • Last modification date and time.

Of the file on the disk.

Near of every information is a button named Modify which permit you to change the timestamps.

Which will present you a calendar for the date

and 3 spin buttons:

  • Hours
  • Minutes
  • Seconds

Which permit you to change the timestamps easily.

note:This can be useful per example if you have change your system clock and you use the make tool,...
  1. A frame named: Checksum will display the:
  • MD 5 hash.
  • SHA 1 hash.
  • SHA 256 hash.
  • SHA 512 hash.

of your file.

note:The checksums are displayed into hexadecimal values.
  1. A frame named: File actions will present you:

The file name and 4 buttons, named:

  • Rename file
  • Copy file
  • Compress file (using gzip)
  • Move file.

The functionalities of this buttons are clear as their name.