Changes are not always positive. Every time a software is modified, the way you use it changes. This is what happened with Gedit, Ubuntu’s default text editor, when Ubuntu 16.04 was released. The new version offers a cleaner interface, but has removed the toolbar. If you’re not into version 3.18, the best thing you can do is download and install Gedit 3.10.
Personally I prefer the new interface but, such as we read in OMG Ubuntu, there are people who wish they could continue to use the toolbar which was in the previous version. The bad thing, and partly incomprehensible, is that this option has been completely removed in Gedit 3.18, so if we want to continue using it, we will have to downgrade or look for alternatives (such as Pen, the application which is used by default in Ubuntu MAT).
How to use Gedit again 3.10
To be able to install Gedit 3.10 and use that toolbar again, you will need to install a third-party repository, Which will cause Ubuntu to upgrade (or rather downgrade) the version included to an earlier version. We will add the repository, remove the installed version and install the previous version of Gedit by opening a terminal and typing the following:
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:mc3man/older sudo apt update && sudo apt install gedit gedit-plugins gedit-common
As stated by the person in charge of offering this possibility, as the name of the package has been changed, it is assumed that the future versions of Gedit will not modify the version which would have been installed when writing the above commands. In any case, the latter cannot be 100% guaranteed.
If, once the repository is installed, you want to upgrade to a higher version, open a terminal and type the following command:
sudo ppa-purge ppa:mc3man/older
The changes introduced in the Gedit 3.18 interface were made so that the application has a cleaner image and the toolbar does not cover part of the text area, but I personally do not understand how the possibility of re-add it from a menu like “view” in Firefox, where we decide what to see and what to hide. They may add this option in future releases. In any case and while we wait, we can always go back to Gedit 3.10 with what has been explained in this post.