Working with Kate

Quick Start will show you how to toggle four simple options that will let you configure some of Kate's more powerful features right away. Shortcuts lays out some of the default keystroke shortcuts for those who can't or don't want to use a mouse.

Quick Start

This section will describe some of the items on the View menu so that you can quickly configure Kate to work the way you want it.

When you start Kate for the first time you will see two windows with white backgrounds. Above the two windows is a toolbar with the usual labeled icons. And above that, a menubar.

The left-hand window is a side bar. It combines the Documents and Filesystem Browser windows. Switch between the two by clicking on the tabs to the left of the window.

If you've started Kate with a file, the right-hand window will show the file you are editing and the Documents on the side bar will show the name of the file. Use the Filesystem Browser window to open files.

You can toggle all sidebar windows on and off in ViewTool Views menu or use Ctrl+Alt+Shift+F. This menu offers you your first glimpse into Kate's power and flexibility.

In Tool Views you have a list of all enabled plugins. Click the checkbox in front of each item or click with the left mouse button on the tool buttons in the sidebar to toggle this tool view on and off.

Shortcuts

Many of Kate's keystroke commands (shortcuts) are configurable by way of the Settings menu. By default Kate honors the following key bindings.

Insert

Toggle between Insert and Overwrite mode. When in insert mode the editor will add any typed characters to the text and push any previously typed data to the right of the text cursor. Overwrite mode causes the entry of each character to eliminate the current character.

Left Arrow

Move the cursor one character to the left

Right Arrow

Move the cursor one character to the right

Up Arrow

Move the cursor up one line

Down Arrow

Move the cursor down one line

Page Up

Move the cursor up one page

Page Down

Move the cursor down one page

Backspace

Delete the character to the left of the cursor

Home

Move the cursor to the beginning of the line

End

Move the cursor to the end of the line

Delete

Delete the character to the right of the cursor (or any selected text)

Shift+Enter

Insert newline including leading characters of the current line which are not letters or numbers. It is useful e.g. to write comments in the code: At the end of the line // some text press this shortcut and the next line starts already with // . So you do not have to enter the comment characters at the beginning of each new line with comments.

Shift+Left Arrow

Mark text one character to the left

Shift+Right Arrow

Mark text one character to the right

F1

Help

Shift+F1

What's this?

Ctrl+F

Find

F3

Find Next

Ctrl+B

Set a Bookmark

Ctrl+C

Copy the marked text to the clipboard

Ctrl+N

New document

Ctrl+P

Print

Ctrl+Q

Quit - close active copy of editor

Ctrl+R

Replace

Ctrl+S

Save your file

Ctrl+V

Paste

Ctrl+X

Delete the marked text and copy it to the clipboard

Ctrl+Z

Undo

Ctrl+Shift+Z

Redo