How to Fix Gedit Running and Opening Slow in Ubuntu

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If you just installed Ubuntu 12.04 or 12.10 (any version actually, but these are the 2 I've tested this on), you may notice that opening gedit, the default text editor in Ubuntu, takes a long time. When I say a long time, I mean anywhere from 3 to 10 seconds. To make gedit open a lot faster, do the following:

  • In gedit, go to Edit > Preferences > Plugins
  • Disable "File Browser Panel" plugin (this is the one causing the delayed start)
  • While you're at it, disable any other plugins that you don't need

For more info on the File Browser Panel plugin and what it does, see this link:

*slow clap*

It worked like a charm.

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