How to: Manage word wrap in the editor

You can set and clear the Word wrap option. When this option is set, the portion of a long line that extends beyond the current width of the Code Editor window is displayed on the next line. When this option is cleared, for example, to facilitate the use of line numbering, you can scroll to the right to see the ends of long lines.

Note

This topic applies to Visual Studio on Windows. For Visual Studio for Mac, see Source editor: Word wrap.

To set word wrap preferences

  1. On the Tools menu, select Options.

  2. In the Text Editor folder, choose the General options in the All Languages subfolder to set this option globally.

    — or —

    Choose the General options in the subfolder for the language in which you are programming.

  3. Under Settings, select or clear the Word wrap option.

    When the Word wrap option is selected, the Show visual glyphs for word wrap option is enabled.

  4. Select the Show visual glyphs for Word Wrap option if you prefer to display a return-arrow indicator where a long line wraps onto a second line. Clear this option if you prefer not to display indicator arrows.

    Note

    These reminder arrows are not added to your code; they are for display purposes only.

Known issues

If you're familiar with word wrap in Notepad++, Sublime Text, or Visual Studio Code, be aware of the following issues where Visual Studio behaves differently to other editors:

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