I'm on Debian 7.3 KDE desktop with Kile v. 2.1.0, the editor for LaTeX. I installed it from the repos without the LaTeX-related recommended packages, after 'manually' installing TeXLive from a CTAN mirror. I'm still getting used to Kile's way of working but I want it to stop automatically adding another quote mark after I type this character:', thus making it look like a double quote:". I tried to turn it off by going to Settings > Configure Kile > General > un-tick "Automatically insert opening & closing double quotes for LaTeX". I actually like this feature when I need to open and close double quotes for dialogues (He said:``Let's get a drink!") but it's working against me, now. How do I correct it? Is there a file somewhere (~/.config/kile... maybe?) that I have to touch up?

EDIT: I've added a picture below. Do you people have the same view of Configure Kile > Complete ? I think I have a bugged version of Kile. enter image description here

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    I don't know how to switch it off but I can tell you that you can safely re-enable "Automatically insert opening and closing double quotes for LaTeX". It really only takes care of double quotes. I have it enabled and my Kile does not show the behaviour you describe. Did you look for a weird extension that might be doing this?
    – Christian
    Feb 6, 2014 at 15:03
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    I don't see this behaviour with Kile 2.1.3.
    – StrongBad
    Feb 6, 2014 at 15:05
  • I don't see this behavior with Kile 2.1.0, actually. (I'm on Kubuntu but I wouldn't think that would matter.) So it must be something in the configuration, or an extension, or something like that.
    – David Z
    Feb 6, 2014 at 15:57
  • In Configure Kile > Extensions I have this list of plugins: AutoBrace [], Data Tools [], Exporter [x], Highlight selection[x], IconInserter[], Insane (not ZEN) HTML coding[], Insert File[]. Only 2 of them are selected (hence the [x]). What could it be? Feb 6, 2014 at 17:02
  • Anyone has my same view of Configure Kile > Complete? See picture above... Feb 7, 2014 at 20:18

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Thanks to user cfr for suggesting this work-around (see discussion here)!

To solve the double quote effect of ' mark, go to Settings menu > Configure Kile > Editor > Editing > Auto-Brace plugin. Select it and click on its configuration button, on the right. Un-check the option "Automatically add closing quotation marks". A msg box will pop-up telling you The autobrace plugin supersedes the Kate-internal AutoBrackets feature. The setting was automatically disabled for this document. This solved the problem of Kile automatically adding an extra ' mark every time I wanted to type I'm or it's, however now it DOESN'T automatically close brackets as it used to. This is a problem since I often need nested brackets in math environments. Maybe I'll have to un-check the other check-box too, in the configuration dialogue box of the AutoBrace plugin...

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