Maybe I've missed something and/or am using the wrong search terms: this seems like a standard feature but I can't find any such option to show column numbers in the View menu and can't find anything online beyond that I can jump to, for example character #43 on line 9 with ctrl-p followed by :9:43. Which is nice, but how can I just see which column number the cursor is on?

I'd like to enable something in the status bar or somewhere else visible that shows what column number or character number my cursor is currently on. I'm sure I used to have this feature in Sublime Text 2, which I recently upgraded from.

At least one commenter in that linked question is having the same problem, so if I've missed something obvious, it's not just me.

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I had missed something obvious! It turns out it is enabled by default - but is hidden if the search bar is open and has matches or if anything else is causing other information to be displayed in the bottom left corner. So, just remove whatever is putting info in the bottom left corner.

For example, here I can't see the column number:

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...because it's replaced with information about my find box matches. Empty that, or close the box, and it's back:

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  • Crucial to know where that went!
    – Kzqai
    Feb 23, 2018 at 18:20
  • LOL! Good one @user568458.
    – Nishant
    May 9, 2019 at 15:37
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    10k people seen this. Maybe someone should give them a hint that the GUI should be changed to always show line+column?
    – Punnerud
    Jan 10, 2022 at 20:43

Sublime Text top menu -> View -> hide / show status bar

View Status Bar

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    yes, I did read the accepted answer. regardless of search bar being open or close. you are not able to see column status bar if its hidden.
    – Zia Minhas
    Feb 1, 2019 at 19:14
  • +1 this is a good additional answer in case, for example, someone searching on this had hidden the status bar by mistake May 29, 2019 at 14:39

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