NetBeans 4.1's Text Limit Line
By Darryl Mocek on Aug 31, 2005
It is often the little things that can really make a difference. For those of you who may not have noticed (because it is very subtle), when you're editing a Java file (actually, any supported file) in NetBeans, a vertical text limit line displays in the edit window. I thought it was an artifact of a bad monitor. It's a faint pink line which shows you where your text limit is based on your editor settings. Maybe it's because I come from Emacs, but I continually look at the column number my cursor is on to make sure I don't go over this line. I hate it when you bring up an 80 column editor and you have line breaks all over the place. It makes the code more difficult to read. You can change your text limit and the color (I changed mine to a darker shade of pink...it stands out more) of the text limit line in NetBeans by going to 'Tools', 'Options'. The Options dialog displays. Navigate to the 'Editing', 'Editor Settings' and highlight the 'Java Editor' section. At the bottom of the options, you can change the line color, select if it is displayed, and change the number of characters which is your text limit.