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Find Netbeans.conf

The first thing we need to do is find the netbeans.conf file.

Netbeans 8.x And Below

  • Linux users:
    • /usr/local/netbeans-8.1/etc/netbeans.conf
    • $HOME/netbeans-8.x.x/etc/netbeans.conf.
  • Windows users
    • C:\Users\your_username\AppData\Roaming\NetBeans\8.2\config\Editors\Preferences.

Netbeans 10

With Netbeans 10 you extract a downloaded zip. The file will be within the extracted folder at etc/netbeans.conf.

Edit The Content

Once we have found and opened the configuration file, replace the line with netbeans_default_options with the following:

--laf Windows

Increase Line Spacing

Locate the Preferences Configuration File

Use the following script to open the relevant configuration file in your editor. Version could also be 8.0.1 or 8.0.2 etc.

editor ~/.netbeans/$VERSION/config/Editors/Preferences/org-netbeans-modules-editor-settings-CustomPreferences.xml

If it is not there, it will be wherever you set your user directories to be. For example, I have the following script to launch netbeans:

$HOME/data/apps/netbeans/12.6/bin/netbeans \
  --userdir $HOME/data/netbeans-user-directories/netbeans-12 \
  --laf Native \
  --jdkhome /usr/lib/jvm/java-11-openjdk-amd64 &

... thus it would be located within the $HOME/data/netbeans-user-directories/netbeans-12/ folder.

Specify the Line Height

Add the following entry, changing 1.4 to whatever line spacing you want.

<entry javaType="java.lang.Float" name="line-height-correction" xml:space="preserve">  


Last updated: 9th December 2021
First published: 16th August 2018