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I am using Ubuntu 11.10. This seems to be an easy question, yet I cannot find an answer anywhere.

On pre-unity Ubuntu, I was using gedit-zoom plugin to zoom text in editor window in/out, either with Ctrl++/-, or by holding Ctrl+ scrolling mouse-wheel. The same plugin does not seem to work in Ubuntu 11.10.

Any way I can get text zooming capability?

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The functionality appears to be broken in 12.04. Ctrl+"-" and Ctrl+"0" work, while Ctrl+"+" and Ctrl+mousewheel do not. – Greg V. May 15 '12 at 12:51
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  1. Under EditPreferencesPlugins, you can tick the Text Size box and zoom in with ctrl++.

    • Click on gedit-plugins Install gedit-plugins to install the Gedit plugins.

    • You can also manually download/install the plugin.

  2. ctrl+Trackpad scroll (up/down) enables you, to zoom in and out as well, not only within gEdit, but also in your Webbrowser, File System etc.

Both possibilities work just fine in Ubuntu 11.10.

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I don't have the plugin you mentioned in here. – jokerdino Mar 1 '12 at 6:03
You can always install it (: You know how to..right!? – v2r Mar 1 '12 at 6:15
That was a hint to tell you to add the part about installing the plugin. ;) – jokerdino Mar 1 '12 at 6:19
indeed it was (: however doesn't seem to work right now, but you can also type in "gedit" in "Ubuntu Software Center" and add plugins from there. – v2r Mar 1 '12 at 6:27
Thank you, folks! Installing gedit-plugins did it! – Greg V. Mar 1 '12 at 10:51

enter image description hereYou can change the fontsize in the preferences menu under the fonts tab

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Maybe this is the only 'official' way. But, we are always looking for the fastest way, aren't we? – Oki Erie Rinaldi May 18 at 7:24
Thanks this worked for me since I don't have the plugin! +1 – ocean800 Jul 15 at 3:45

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