Entering and Editing Text with Linux gedit

You're not stuck with just command-prompt-based text editors in Linux — gedit is the default GUI text editor for Fedora. gedit is strictly a text editor, in that you use it to generate raw text, whereas a word processor creates marked-up text that can be opened only by programs that can read that word processor's file formatting.

To enter text in gedit, just click within the big white space and start typing. You have access to the standard collection of editing tools, such as cut, paste, and copy. To use these, select the text you want to work with and then click the appropriate button on the gedit toolbar (or right-click and choose the appropriate command from the context menu).

The really interesting thing about this particular text editor is its plug-ins. To use these features, you need to follow these steps:

1. Choose Edit --> Preferences in gedit.

This action opens the Preferences dialog box.

2. Click the Plug-Ins tab.

The Plug-Ins tab's contents appear.

3. Click an item you're interested in within the Plug-Ins tab.

4. Click the About Plug-In button to get more information.

The information is contained within the small About window that appears.

5. Click Close to get rid of the About window.

6. If you want to use this plug-in, click in its check box.

The plug-in is activated if a check appears in the check box.

7. If the Configure Plug-In button becomes active for the plug-in you just selected, click the button to open the tool's plug-in configuration dialog box.

This dialog box will be different depending on which plug-in you're using.

8. When you're finished with the individual plug-in's configuration, click OK to return to the Preferences dialog box.

9. If you want to examine more plug-ins, return to Step 3.

10. When you're finished selecting plug-ins, click Close to close the Preferences dialog box.

You can now access the plug-ins from your gedit menus. Each one is placed in its appropriate location: for example, Change Case appears on the Edit menu.

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