I've been using kwrite for a long time and love the way I can turn on/off line wrapping easily. Now I'm running Ubuntu with GNOME, trying to avoid any KDE at all on this particular machine. Gedit seems to always wrap lines with no way to turn it off. Am I missing some well-hidden option?

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Edit > Preferences > View Tab > Text Wrapping options right there, front and center. Not "well hidden" by any means.

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    That seems a bit deep for turning on and off routinely. Kwrite has it immediately available in the menu bar's View.
    – DarenW
    Mar 6, 2011 at 4:21
  • It's be nice if there were a hotkey for that.
    – DarenW
    Mar 6, 2011 at 15:33
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    Get the source code and make the change yourself. Great opportunity to learn. :)
    – Joshua
    Mar 7, 2011 at 5:34
  • @DarenW, see WinEunuuchs2Unix's answer.
    – alfC
    Apr 20, 2020 at 3:33


In 3.14.3 (and perhaps earlier) and in newer versions of gedit, there is a "Text wrapping" checkbox when you click on the "Line/Column" indicator on the status bar, in bottom right corner of the window.


As of gedit 10.4, there is no preferences dialog anymore. Some of the options are now in the status bar, but not word-wrapping.

You can turn word wrapping off by tweaking the GSettings settings. To do so, run the following command in your terminal:

gsettings set org.gnome.gedit.preferences.editor wrap-mode none

Besides none, you can also turn it back on with either word, char, or word-char word wrapping.

  • Is there a shortcut for enabling and disabling wrapping?
    – htellez
    Dec 28, 2015 at 22:25
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    @htellez my current gedit (3.16.2) has a "Text wrapping" option if you click on the right part of your status bar (where Ln, Col. numbers are)
    – istepaniuk
    Jan 8, 2016 at 13:27
  • Thanks @istepaniuk. I don't see such an option and I'm using 3.10.4. Could you share a screenshot? I would prefer a 'no mouse' way to do it, is always faster using keyboard shortcuts than using the mouse and I have been wrapping/unwrapping a lot lately.
    – htellez
    Jan 8, 2016 at 19:26
  • Sorry I didn't noticed your gedit version was higher than mine until now. Anyway, do you know if there is a way to make a keyboard shortcut MACRO with it?
    – htellez
    Jan 11, 2016 at 21:27
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    in 3.14.3 there also is a "warp" checkbook if you click the "Ln .., Cl .." bar at the bottom, thank you @istepaniuk
    – MInner
    Oct 5, 2016 at 14:55

When running as root there is no Preferences menu

By default when you run gedit as root there is no top level menu. The only alternative (in my version 3.18.3) is to click on the last drop down menu on the lower right corner:

gedit text wrap.png

Notice I have "unchecked" text wrap option to make /var/log/syslog file more readable for debugging output.

  • This is the answer the OP is looking for, except for the unncessary comments about running as root.
    – alfC
    Apr 20, 2020 at 3:33

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