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Dark, ugly vertical line in the Komodo main window
by Kevin "kj" Woolley

Kevin "kj" Woolley, January 31, 2006

This issue is as much about personal taste as it is a technical issue, but it's one that's come up a few times. Some people have complained of a relatively dark (or light, depending on your colour settings) vertical line...

This issue is as much about personal taste as it is a technical issue, but it's one that's come up a few times.

Some people have complained of a relatively dark (or light, depending on your colour settings) vertical line in the main Komodo editing window.  It does look a little broken, until you understand what it's there for.

Some people still live in an 80-column world.  Of course, Komodo users don't, but for situations where some members of the team live in 80 columns, Komodo has a feature (turned on by default) to show a line at the 80-column mark in the editing window, so you can have a visual cue to let you know when you've passed the 80-column mark.  Of course, this is just a best guess for people using proportional fonts.

Of course, if this is not a concern for you and you object to the aesthetics of it, there is a way to turn it off.  Go to the Preferences window, and unfold the Editor subtree.  Choose Smart Editing, and look towards the bottom of the tab.  There is a setting called "Show edge line/Highlight characters beyond edge line" which you will need to uncheck.  Hit Okay, and it should go away.  If not, restart Komodo.

Your Komodo editing window should now be line-free.

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kj is ActiveState’s Systems Administrator. He was born in London, Ontario, grew up in North Vancouver, and spent several years in the Northwest Territories doing technical sales. As a technical infrastructure specialist, he brings over twenty years of systems administration experience to ActiveState.