My laptop screen is fairly small and gedit's side panel won't go smaller than about 400 px. It is a little exasperating because I can't have any other windows visible if I want to use anything in the sidebar, because it crowds out my document.

Is there a setting someplace that I can fiddle to make it smaller? I've looked everywhere I can think of for it!

Won't go any smaller

I can drag it down to the width you see below, but I can't drag it any farther than that.

  • Sorry, is what you mean side panel? If it is so, ıt can be smaller than 400px. Could you share a screenshot? So we can easily understand the issue.
    – Hckr
    Jul 30, 2013 at 23:29
  • Side panel, yes. Photo added.
    – Amanda
    Jul 30, 2013 at 23:49
  • What version is this? I didn't change any setting but I can.
    – Hckr
    Jul 31, 2013 at 0:20
  • On my laptop, with knowingly doing anything, I get a minimum width of ~150 px for the side panel (gedit 3.6 on Lubuntu 13.04; Dell Inspiron 1545).
    – user25656
    Jul 31, 2013 at 1:51
  • Gedit 3.4.1 ... on closer inspection, turning off GDP Find seems to resolve the issue. So the plugin is forcing the sidebar out
    – Amanda
    Jul 31, 2013 at 2:23

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Turned out it was a plugin. (GDP Find)

Figured that out by turning off my plugins one by one.

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