In the lower right corner of Gedit, there is a dropdown menu, with default set to C, beside the Tab Width option. What's the purpose of this setting? Does it only help highlight the key words in the documents for the language selected?

Also, I have an issue with scrolling up or down in this list to select items that come after GDB Log. It is a long list starting from Plain text, .desktop, .ini, etc. but it will not scroll up or down when I move my mouse. I can select items by moving down with the arrow keys, but the cursor disappears. It moves beyond the viewable screen area for items below GDB Log. Has anyone encountered the same issue? I use MacOS 10.10.1.

  • I was able to replicate the Gedit scrolling bug you described on Appliance 19, so you're not the only one. See the second part of my answer below for a potential workaround.
    – Calculemus
    Jan 6, 2015 at 19:21
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    Ask only one question per post, please. You can post the second question separately. This lets us evaluate the questions and their solutions independently.
    – Air
    Jan 6, 2015 at 22:13
  • AirThomas, okay. will do it next time. Thanks for reminding. Jan 7, 2015 at 13:04

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Yes, the dropdown list in the lower-right corner of the Gedit interface displays and allows for changing the currently selected syntax highlighting option. The purpose of syntax highlighting is to allow for an easier grasp of the structure of a file, and to aid in identifying syntax errors.

The same syntax highlighting options can be accessed from the File menu, by selecting View, then Highlight Mode. The available settings are categorized in shorter lists if accessed this way. Furthemore, when the lists are longer than the available screen height, they are in fact scrollable. This might help with selecting those additional options that you aren't able to see due to the scrolling issue you described.

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