Sublime Productivity
Sublime Productivity


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Sublime Productivity

This book is 62% complete

Last updated on 2014-03-04

About the Book

Remember that time you had to build a whole page of HTML links from a .csv file, and you wound up copying and pasting the opening and closing anchor tags 300 times?

Or when you transferred that list of names into an Excel spreadsheet just to sort it alphabetically?

Isn’t it a pain to hit Delete three dozen times just because you decided that you want to join the line you’re editing with the line below it?

You already have a powerful ally in the fight against tedium: your text editor. And Sublime Text is a heavyweight—just the partner you want to have in your corner.

But all that power doesn’t do you any good if you don’t know it’s there. If you haven’t taken the time to learn Sublime’s advanced features, you’re wasting time every day.

Sublime Productivity is packed with tips and tricks that turn painful editing chores into trivial tasks. You’ll smile inside every time you fire off a keyboard shortcut instead of groping for the mouse, or use a couple of quick commands to shave off dozens of clumsy keystrokes.

Proficiency with your text editor won’t make you a rock star programmer. But Sublime Productivity will help you learn to quickly complete those boring-but-necessary tasks and get back to doing what you do best: solving problems.

What’s included?

Sublime Productivity includes more than 100 pages of examples, walkthroughs and keyboard mappings, including in-depth coverage of:

  • Common editing tasks like sorting items, joining lines, transposing words and commenting code
  • Precision selection with Sublime’s multi-select and quick add and quick skip features
  • Navigating among project files and jumping around in the current file
  • Organizing your work into projects

What version of Sublime does this book cover?

The final version of this book will target Sublime Text 3. Although I started writing the book before the ST3 beta went public, I've already added sections that cover most of the important changes in Sublime Text 3, and I'm in the process of incorporating the less significant changes into what I've already written.

What's planned for future versions?

There are a ton of Sublime features that I haven’t covered yet. Among the topics I’m planning to include in the near future:

  • Introduction to vintage mode
  • Extending Sublime with the best plugins
  • Integrating Sublime into your version control workflow
  • Writing plugins
  • Configuring Sublime for an optimal experience while coding

Wait, the book's not done?

Sublime Productivity is a work in progress. There’s a lot to cover, and the Sublime Text team is constantly adding features. Rather than waiting until I have the entire book “done,” I decided to release it in a partially complete state, then publish regular updates until the book is finished.

For you, as a reader, this means a lower price if you’re willing to overlook the occasional formatting glitch or misspelling. Once you buy the book, you’re entitled to receive all future updates for free.

You also have an opportunity to influence the direction this book takes. Did I miss a great feature that you think other readers should know about? Is my organization of the book completely whacked? Is there a topic you’d like to see addressed next? Send me an email at, or let me know on Twitter or in the comments on this page. I’m eager to incorporate reader feedback into future revisions.

About the Author

Josh Earl
Josh Earl

Josh Earl is a software developer, writer and total text editor geek. He loves learning the ins and outs of whatever tool or platform he finds himself working on and tweaking his daily workflow to eliminate mundane and repetative tasks. He blogs with Sublime Text at

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