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Kate: Cool Tips and Tricks III

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By Scott M. Morris

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Posted: 21 Sep 2005
 

Applies to:

  • Platforms using KDE

In a recent article, I outlined a few more of the great offerings that Kate has for us, its users. Today, the series continues as we delve a little more into this well-designed application. I would like to look at the preferences of Kate.

So, go ahead and fire up Kate. Go up to the SETTINGS menu, and select CONFIGURE KATE. You will see the CONFIGURE - KATE window appear:

When I shut down Kate, I want to preserve the setup I had for it before I shut it down. To have Kate do this, in the CONFIGURE window, make sure GENERAL is selected in the left pane. Then, tick the "Restore window configuration" box in the right side of the window.

Also, I like to have control over the hard/soft return actions taken by Kate. Select EDITING from the pane on the left. On the right, you will see a box called STATIC WORD WRAP. It is in this box that you specify the column where you wish Kate to hard wrap your lines. You can also enable and disable hard wrapping from this location.

When I am editing source code, I'm kind of particular about how I like my lines indented. If I am on a line of text that is indented four spaces, and I press ENTER, I like for the new line to be indented four spaces. To set Kate up to work this way, select INDENTATION from the pane on the left. The top box on the right is called AUTOMATIC INDENTATION. Set this to NORMAL. Also, if you don't want Kate to work this way, set this drop-down box to NONE.

These are a few of the options that I have found to be of great relevance to how I use Kate. On one or two occasions, I've had some difficulty in remembering where they were. Hopefully, this will help in remembering where these important options are located.

You've probably noticed that I there are more options in the left pane than we have looked at here. In the future, I will go through some more of these options and explain them in detail. Meanwhile, mess around with the settings we've discussed and adjust them to your liking. See you next time.


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