Programmers will be pleased to hear that Gedit includes syntax highlighting. However, it doesn't appear until the document is saved. It can be enhanced by clicking Edit ^ Preferences and checking Highlight Matching Bracket which, as its name suggests, will highlight the opening and closing brackets of any command/phrase. If for any reason you want to deactivate syntax highlighting, open gconf-editor and navigate to /apps/gedit-2/preferences/syntax highlighting and remove the check alongside enable on the right-hand side.
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For other Gedit tricks, see Tip 10, on page 70; Tip 134, on page 176; and Tip 155, on page 198.
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