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Mousepad aims to be an easy-to-use and fast editor. Our target is an editor for quickly editing text files, not a development environment or an editor with a huge bunch of plugins. On the other hand we try to use the latest GTK features available, which means that if GTK adds something new in a major release that is useful for the editor, we will likely bump the GTK dependency and integrate this new feature in Mousepad.


Main window

View Preferences

Editor Preferences

Window Preferences

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The preferences dialog shown above is the easiest way to set Mousepad settings. Some of them are also accessible via the menubar, e.g. “Word Wrap” and “Auto Indent” in the “Document” menu.

All these settings, plus some “hidden” ones, are also accessible using GSettings command line tool. You can get a list of everything about Mousepad in GSettings with this command:

 gsettings list-recursively org.xfce.mousepad

Then, to enable e.g. automatic indentation, just do

 gsettings set org.xfce.mousepad.preferences.view auto-indent true

See man gsettings and gsettings help for more details.

A graphical alternative to gsettings is Dconf Editor, normally available from your distribution repositories: see https://wiki.gnome.org/Apps/DconfEditor.


The settings for printing are treated separately, in the file ~/.config/Mousepad/mousepadrc. Create this file if it does not exist, then carry out a printing operation to the end (you can print in a file), and Mousepad will fill in the configuration file with the values set in the print dialog. Be sure to leave the value of PageSetupSaved at true so that all settings are reloaded the next time you print.

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After its first use, Mousepad will generate the file ~/.config/Mousepad/accels.scm, containing the list of configurable keybindings. To customize a keybinding, uncomment the corresponding line by removing the semicolon at the beginning, then change the shortcut at the end of the line, without touching the rest.

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Required packages

Mousepad depends on the following packages:

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Latest Release

  • mousepad 0.6.2 released (2024/02/05 14:23)
    mousepad 0.6.2 is now available for download from https://archive.xfce.org/src/apps/mousepad/0.6/mousepad-0.6.2.tar.bz2 https://archive.xfce.org/src/apps/mousepad/0.6/mousepad-0.6.2.tar.bz2?sha1 https://archive.xfce.org/src/apps/mousepad/0.6/mousepad-0.6.2.tar.bz2?sha256 What is mousepad? ================= A simple text editor for Xfce. Website: https://docs.xfce.org/apps/mousepad/ Release notes for 0.6.2 ======================= - Update copyright year - history: Default to yes when user is asked to restore previous session - build: Search for bind_textdomain_codeset in libintl too - tests: Increase timeout a bit - tests: Check for pwait/pidwait - dialogs: Do not reuse text buffer to test encoding in save-as dialog - history: Remove dead code - history: Rework paste menu - Move paste history to mousepad-history.c - window: Fix GVariant management - Do not scroll text view when zooming in or out - file-monitoring: Delay emission of "externaly-modified" signal - Fix a typo in a comment, additionnal → additional. - Add icons at missing sizes, clean up SVG metadata - search: Properly reset current match - Translation Updates: Catalan, Croatian, Danish, English (United Kingdom), Estonian, Greek, Hebrew, Occitan (post 1500), Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian

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