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This page may contain outdated or incomplete information. You can see a description of most available settings in the default settings file (Preferences → Settings or Default/Preferences.sublime-settings).

See Also

Settings User Guide : Explanations for how settings work in Sublime Text.

Global Settings

These settings can only be modified from Preferences.sublime-settings and Preferences ({platform}).sublime-settings.

theme : Theme to be used. Accepts a file base name (e. g.: Default.sublime-theme).

scroll_speed : Set to 0 to disable smooth scrolling. Set to a value between 0 and 1 to scroll slower, or set to a value larger than 1 to scroll faster.

hot_exit : Exiting the application or window with an associated project with hot_exit enabled will cause it to close immediately without prompting. Unsaved modifications and open files will be preserved and restored when next starting.

remember_open_files : Determines whether to reopen the buffers that were open when Sublime Text was last closed.

open_files_in_new_window : macOS only. When filters are opened from Finder, or by dragging onto the dock icon, this controls if a new window is created or not.

close_windows_when_empty : Close windows as soon as the last file is closed, unless there's a folder open within the window.

show_full_path : Show the full path to files in the title bar.

preview_on_click : If true, preview file contents when clicking on a file in the side bar. Double clicking or editing the preview will open the file and assign it a tab.

folder_exclude_patterns : Excludes the matching folders from the side bar, GoTo Anything, etc.

file_exclude_patterns : Excludes the matching files from the side bar, GoTo Anything, etc.

binary_file_patterns : Excludes the matching files from GoTo Anything and Find in Files but not the side bar.

show_tab_close_buttons : If false, hides the tabs' close buttons until the mouse hovers over the tab.

mouse_wheel_switches_tabs : If true, scrolling the mouse wheel will cause tabs to switch if the cursor is in the tab area.

open_files_in_new_window : macOS only. When filters are opened from Finder, or by dragging onto the dock icon, this controls whether a new window is created or not.

ignored_packages : A list of packages that will be ignored (not loaded).

File Settings

Whitespace and Indentation

auto_indent : Toggles automatic indentation.

tab_size : Number of spaces a tab is considered equal to.

translate_tabs_to_spaces : Determines whether to replace a tab character with tab_size number of spaces when is pressed.

use_tab_stops : If translate_tabs_to_spaces is true, will make and

insert/delete tab_size number of spaces per key press.

trim_automatic_white_space : Toggles deletion of white space added by auto_indent.

detect_indentation : Set to false to disable detection of tabs vs. spaces whenever a buffer is loaded. If set to true, it automatically will modify translate_tabs_to_spaces and tab_size.

draw_white_space : Valid values: none, selection, all.

trim_trailing_white_space_on_save : Set to true to remove white space on save.

Visual Settings

always_show_minimap_viewport : If set to true, then it will always show rectangle on minimap highlighting current document position; defualt false, which shows position only on mouse over the minimap.

color_scheme : Sets the colors used for text highlighting. Accepts a path rooted at the data directory (e.g.: Packages/Color Scheme - Default/Monokai Bright.tmTheme).

font_face : Font face to be used for editable text.

font_size : Size of the font for editable text.

font_options : Valid values: bold, italic, no_antialias, gray_antialias, subpixel_antialias, directwrite (Windows).

gutter : Toggles display of gutter.

rulers : Columns in which to display vertical rules. Accepts a list of numeric values (such as [79, 89, 99]) or a single numeric value (for example, 79).

draw_minimap_border : Set to true to draw a border around the minimap's region corresponding to the the view's currently visible text. The active color scheme's minimapBorder key controls the border's color.

highlight_line : Set to false to stop highlighting lines with a cursor.

line_padding_top : Additional spacing at the top of each line, in pixels.

line_padding_bottom : Additional spacing at the bottom of each line, in pixels.

scroll_past_end : Set to false to disable scrolling past the end of the buffer. If true, Sublime Text will leave a wide, empty margin between the last line and the bottom of the window.

line_numbers : Toggles display of line numbers in the gutter.

word_wrap : If set to false, long lines will be clipped instead of wrapped. Scroll the screen horizontally to see the clipped text.

wrap_width : If greater than 0, wraps long lines at the specified column as opposed to the window width. Only takes effect if word_wrap is set to true.

indent_subsequent_lines : If set to false, wrapped lines will not be indented. Only takes effect if word_wrap is set to true.

draw_centered : If set to true, text will be drawn centered rather than left-aligned.

match_brackets : Set to false to disable underlining the brackets surrounding the cursor.

match_brackets_content : Set this to false if you'd rather have brackets highlighted only when the cursor is next to one.

match_brackets_square : Set to false to stop highlighting square brackets. Only takes effect if match_brackets is true.

match_brackets_braces : Set to false to stop highlighting curly brackets. Only takes effect if match_brackets is true.

match_brackets_angle : Set to false to stop highlighting angle brackets. Only takes effect if match_brackets is true.

Automatic Behavior

auto_match_enabled : Toggles automatic pairing of quotes, brackets, etc.

save_on_focus_lost : Set to true to save files automatically when switching to a different file or application.

find_selected_text : If true, the selected text will be copied into the find panel when it's shown.

word_separators : Characters considered to divide words for actions like advancing the cursor, etc. Not used for every context where a notion of a word separator is useful (for example, word wrapping). In some contexts, the text might be tokenized based on other criteria (for example, the syntax definition rules).

ensure_newline_at_eof_on_save : Always adds a new line at the end of the file if not present when saving.

System and Miscellaneous Settings

is_widget : Returns true if the buffer is an input field in a dialog, as opposed to a regular buffer.

spell_check : Toggles the spell checker.

dictionary : Word list to be used by the spell checker. Accepts a path rooted at the data directory (such as Packages/Language - English/en_US.dic). You can add more dictionaries.

fallback_encoding : The encoding to use when the encoding can't be determined automatically. ASCII, UTF-8 and UTF-16 encodings will be detected automatically .

default_line_ending : Determines what characters to use to designate new lines. Valid values: system (OS-dependant), windows (CRLF) and unix (LF).

tab_completion : Determines whether pressing will insert completions.

Build and Error Navigation Settings

result_file_regex and result_line_regex : Regular expressions used to extract error information from some output dumped into a view or output panel. Follows the same rules as error capturing in build systems.

result_base_dir : Folder to start looking for offending files based on information extracted with result_file_regex and result_line_regex.

build_env : List of paths to add to build systems by default.

File and Directory Settings

default_dir : Sets the default save folder for the view.

Input Settings

command_mode : If set to true, the buffer will ignore key strokes. Useful when emulating Vim's modal behavior.