How to: Manage Word Wrap in the Editor


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You can set and clear the Word wrap option. When this option is set, the portion of a long line that extends beyond the current width of the Code Editor window is displayed on the next line. When this option is cleared, for example, to facilitate the use of line numbering, you can scroll to the right to see the ends of long lines.

For more information, see How to: Set General Editor Options.

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The dialog boxes and menu commands you see might differ from those described in Help depending on your active settings or edition. To change your settings, choose Import and Export Settings on the Tools menu. For more information, see Customizing Development Settings in Visual Studio.

To set word wrap preferences

  1. On the Tools menu, select Options.

  2. In the Text Editor folder, choose the General options in the All Languages subfolder to set this option globally.

    — or —

    Choose the General options in the subfolder for the language in which you are programming.

  3. Under Settings, select or clear the Word wrap option.

    When the Word wrap option is selected, the Show visual glyphs for word wrap option is enabled.

  4. Select the Show visual glyphs for Word Wrap option if you prefer to display a return-arrow indicator where a long line wraps onto a second line. Clear this option if you prefer not to display indicator arrows.

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    These reminder arrows are not added to your code: they are for display purposes only.

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