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Quick Overview:- A utility that can strip vowels, numbers, spaces, punctuation and user-defined characters and a sting of character from input text. No registry entries are made but two ini files are saved (wherever the program is run from) in order to save settings. Feedback or any bug reports would be much appreciated

Quick Start:- Copy some text. Use "Paste Input" button. Copy back the modified text either manually with "Copy Output" or automatically. Go to where you want to use the output and paste back the modified text.

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Version 5 can strip vowels, numbers, punctuation, spaces and custom strings or characters. Drag-n-Drop, Word Wrap and Replace Capabilities (with/without case sensitivity) have been maintained and this version can also be set to remember the settings and texts for the next time. 18.5kB (The unzipped devowel5.exe v5.0.0.11 is 80kB with an MD5 = cbfce9383604b0d6ca199ef76b54d5a1).


First designed as a vbs script to help bulletin board moderators devowel the text of objectionable material posted by "Trolls", Spammers and similar web miscreants. Its functionability has been extended and the script developed into a VB executable that we find, and maybe you will find, has a number of uses.

The program can also now be set to automatically grab, modify and replace any text already on the clipboard at start up. Both auto-paste and auto-copy need to be enabled and the settings retained for next use for this to take place.

The program may be freely downloaded and distributed as long as this is not done for profit. Acknowledgement of its source would be appreciated.

The now added Drag-n-Drop capability can be useful as long as the target area/application supports it. Any selected text may be simply dragged and dropped where wanted. Some apps will produce cut and paste and others copy and paste and some don't support it at all. Holding down the Shift or Ctrl Keys can modify this behaviour.

One quirk (that we don't think we can control) is that right clicking within the two main text boxes only produces a shortcut menu list if done outside any already highlighted text. Select All and Select None buttons have been added to each text box to help overcome this problem.


Use completely at your own risk; there is a link to a Disclaimer at the bottom of the page.


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How to Use the Program

Old Versions 7.07kB (The unzipped devowel.exe v1.0.0.3 is 36kB with an MD5 = d42673f9362bac78181f679ef0b07). 7.50kB (The unzipped devowel2.exe v2.0.0.0 is 36kB with an MD5 = a5550b45ff04de397b47c34fa2b8064a). 9.96kB (The unzipped devowel3.exe v3.0.0.6 is 44kB with an MD5 = 50fd17ed234edee69ba6c2abb7cb3fe3). 10.5kB (The unzipped devowel4.exe v4.0.0.2 is 48kB with an MD5 = 7126f8c0ae6bb2e0ef55b509c2be32e2).

Development problems

Initially there were a number of problems when pasting material with auto-copy-to-clipboard turned on and with linking the clipboard to the global clipboard but we believe these bugs have now all been eliminated.

If you are having problems with the replace function then make sure you have downloaded at least version There was a bug where text beginning with the same string (eg replacing fact with factory) would malfunction but has been fixed in

Clear text boxes incomplete clearing fixed in

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