[SOLVED] how do I open two different documents in the Kate text editor at the same time?
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how do I open two different documents in the Kate text editor at the same time?
Kate's documentation says:
The Editor area
Kate is capable of having more than one document open at the same time, and also of splitting the editing area into any number of frames, similar to how for example Konqueror or the popular emacs text editor works. This way you can view several documents at the same time, or more instances of the same document, handy for example if your document contains definitions in the top that you want to see often for reference.
I know how to open multiple screens of the same document, but can not figure out how to open different documents. Thanks.
I don't use kate, but the usual way is to just use the menu - File/Open, and open the new file. The current file should remain open. At least that's the way it works in gedit and mousepad, and every other editor I've ever tried.
Hmm: up to a few years ago, kate's modus operandi was rather clearer than it is now, and you probably wouldn't have found it so difficult. However...
I believe that, by default, if you have a file open and then open another file, both are open. It is just that only the second file is displayed, which might convince a person that only one file is open (which would be untrue).
jdkaye's reply about the split view option is the thing that you need to get both files displayed.
On my machine, when I open a file in Kat and then a second file only the second file shows in the window. Above the main window are tabs, Previous Document, Next Document. If you want to see the first opened, click Previous Document. You can also click the View tab and mouse down to Split View and divide 2 Documents vertically or horizontally as well as other options. I personally don't like this so use Kwrite.
Thanks guys. So the bottom line is I can only look at the same document (granted, it can be split into multiple views) on the screen. It is impossible to look at two different documents on the screen at the same time, right? (Although the Kate documentation says (see OP) this is possible. Hmm.)
Thanks guys. So the bottom line is I can only look at the same document (granted, it can be split into multiple views) on the screen. It is impossible to look at two different documents on the screen at the same time, right?...
You can view two different documents at the same time. Once you have opened the second document split the view and then click on, previous document.
Last edited by cwizardone; 05-05-2014 at 03:46 PM.