IDLE won't wrap lines of text

Rhodri James rhodri at
Sun Feb 20 21:32:20 EST 2011

On Mon, 21 Feb 2011 01:41:12 -0000, Richard D. Moores <rdmoores at>  

> On Sun, Feb 20, 2011 at 16:31, Rhodri James  
> <rhodri at> wrote:
>> On Sat, 19 Feb 2011 23:56:45 -0000, Richard D. Moores  
>> <rdmoores at>
>> wrote:
>>> Vista
>>> Python 3.1.3
>>> I can't figure out how to get IDLE to wrap text pasted in from, say, a
>>> newspaper article. Usually, a each paragraph will appear as one long
>>> unwrapped line, with no way to read the whole line, because no
>>> horizontal bar is created. I haven't found anything about this in
>>> either the options or the help.
>> I hate to ask, but why are you doing this?  IDLE isn't a general-purpose
>> editor, it's a programming editor specifically for Python, and as such  
>> it's
>> entirely appropriate for it to discourage overly long lines.
> Take a look at <>

I see.  I'd recommend the approach of sticking your source data in a
separate text file (using a text editor rather than IDLE) in any case;
it's much less of a pain to change what you are working on that way.

Rhodri James *-* Wildebeest Herder to the Masses

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