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When I open up a OpenLibreOffice text, the text shows up more to the center of my screen in a nice page metaphor (with the margins showing up nice and well). A nice side effect of this is that my text is usually in front of me, in the middle of the screen, and not completely to the left of me.

Are there any text editors (not word processors) that use this sort of presentation? Instead of pushing the text completely to the left , giving the text a bit of margin to make it more to the center of the screen (and my attention) ?

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What operating system? – Simon Sheehan Oct 28 '11 at 20:26
And it depends what kind of text editor - vim and emacs style console editors or graphical editors like GEdit? But to answer your question - no, probably not. – new123456 Oct 28 '11 at 20:34
I use Windows and Linux about equally. As to the kind of editor.... I would rather have a more graphical editor like GEdit, but I can handle console editors pretty well. – rtpg Oct 28 '11 at 20:45
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Well, Vim can do something similar with VimRoom.

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Additionally, you could make your "margins" more noticable with set colorcolumn=col1, col2, col3, ...

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Yeah, you could do this with emacs too, just C-x 3 twice and resize the windows. – Peter Turner Nov 8 '11 at 15:16

You might as well just configure LibreOffice to look like notepad. It's not going to break the bank memory wise.


And the find/replace is a lot better than notepad.

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LibreOffice is NOT a text editor by any stretch of the term. It is a word processor, no matter how much you mess with the graphics. – Canageek Oct 29 '11 at 1:20

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