Gedit is a dead simple, highly effective text editor. Few frills, nothing extraneous, only what's needed. However, it also features a rich plugin system to allow us to extend its functionality.
A comprehensive list of Gedit plugins can be found right here.
Table Maker is a Gedit plugin which affords pseudo-Word Document style table creation. You open a little window, you pick some parameters, such as the amount of rows and columns, and a table gets inserted into the document. Done.
Note that since Gedit 3 broke compatibility with plugins for Gedit 2, there are different downloads of the plugin available based on your editor version. The Gedit 2 version features a
gedittables.pyfile instead of the aforementioned directory.
Copy the directory and file into the plugin directory of Gedit. Specifically:
Copy them into the user-plugin directory:
~/.local/share/gedit/plugins/, or, into the system-wide plugin directory:
/usr/lib/gedit/plugins/. So, something like:
$ cp gedittables.plugin ~/.local/share/gedit/plugins/
$ cp -R gedittables/ ~/.local/share/gedit/plugins/
Fire up Gedit and open the Preferences menu and then the list of available plugins. The Table Maker plugin entry will be inserted after installation. Enable the plugin by clicking the check mark to the ON position
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When you wish to insert an empty table, open the Tools menu and click "Create Table" to bring up the dialog. Tune your table settings and click "Insert"
If you wish to auto-build a table around some data, open the dialog as in the previous step and check "Build around highlighted data". Then, highlight some data in your document, separated by a specified delimiter, and click "Insert". The highlighted data will be inserted into a freshly created table
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