Text Editors - Display

Parent page: TextEdit Preferences

The Text Editors - Display page of the Preferences dialog.


The Text Editors – Display page of the Preferences dialog provides controls and information related to text display.


The Text Editors – Display page is part of the main Preferences dialog (File | ) and is accessed by selecting the Display entry under the Text Editors folder, in the left hand pane of the dialog.



  • Change - Click this button to access the standard Windows Font dialog, with which to configure the font used for text documents. The field to the right reflects the font currently in force for the Text Editor.


  • Visible right margin - Enable this option to display a right-hand margin on the text document. You can adjust the margin width by entering a new value in the Margin width field. The right margin is used for visual formatting and for word wrapping.
    • Margin width - with the Visible right margin option enabled, use this field to adjust the margin width.
  • Show line numbers - Enable this option to display line numbers on the text document. Use the following sub-options to configure how the numbering is displayed:
    • Line numbers on gutter - enable this option to have the line numbers appear on the gutter. If this option is disabled, the line numbers are displayed on a column next to the gutter, within the document itself.
    • Show all numbers - Enable this option to display all line numbers. With this option disabled, the line number for every tenth line will be displayed, with tick marks for all other lines (major tick lines for every fifth line).
  • Use special symbols - Enable this option to display special symbols, such as those for a carriage return, or end of line.
  • Word wrap - enable this option to have text wrap in accordance with one of the following options:
    • Wrap at margin - Enable this option to have lines of text wrap around at a right-hand margin line. Ensure that the Visible right margin option is enabled, and define the width of the margin using the Margin width field.
    • Wrap at window - Enable this option to have lines of text wrap around at the right-hand edge of the Text Document's visible workspace.
  • Indicate modified lines - Enable this option to have lines of text that are modified, or added, automatically highlighted with color markers on the gutter. Unsaved changes are indicated with red markers while saved changes are indicated with green markers - allowing you to quickly identify which text is committed.


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