When you’re editing a long document of code, it can be helpful to have a way to easily and quickly identify where you are in the code and where you want to be. Sublime Text 3 has a Minimap feature which can be really helpful for that. The Minimap is enabled by default and displays on the right-hand side of the window. It displays an extremely zoomed out view of the document, it’s impossible to read anything, but you can tell the shape and density of the code. Your current screen position is shown on the Minimap when you hover your mouse over it.
The Minimap can help you find sections of code when you know the rough structure and shape of the code you’re looking for. If you’ve enabled the syntax highlighting feature, then the Minimap will even show the correct colouring of the text. While the Minimap can show a fairly large number of lines, it has its limits, for extremely large documents, the Minimap will also scroll with the document.
There are some scenarios where you may not want to have the Minimap visible though. For example, if you’re using a very narrow window, you may not want to sacrifice the screen real estate to the width of the Minimap. Alternatively, you may want as much screen width as possible, even when using a wider window, or you simply may not like the feature. In these cases, the flexibility of Sublime Text allows you to easily hide the Minimap.
How to hide the Minimap
To hide the Minimap in Sublime text 3, click on “View” in the top bar, then click “Hide Minimap”, which will be the second option in the drop-down list. The Minimap will instantly be hidden and the area of the screen it previously used will be freed-up for text to take its place.