I accidentally changed some of Kate's default color schemes. How do I set them back to default? I tried reinstalling (including with the option to remove config files) but it kept my changes.

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The file you need to remove, or edit if you prefer, is: kateschemearc, which is usually located in a folder like $HOME/.config/ (the name of your .kde file may be .kde4 or something similar).

Remove that file and all default colour schemes are restored.

  • That file doesn't exist. There is no ~/.kde, and ~/.kde4/share/config has no kateschemarc, so anything starting with kate. Where else should I look?
    – PyRulez
    Jun 25, 2015 at 17:44
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    How about a find command: find ~ -type f -iname "katescherc*" Jun 25, 2015 at 22:16
  • I found it in both ~/.kde4 and ~/.kde, and deleted both. That fixed it.
    – orodbhen
    Jun 3, 2016 at 15:18
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    I found none of these files throughout my whole home. I deleted ~/.kde/share/config/katerc but to no avail. Actually, the file was ~/.config/kateschemarc, note the missing e. For finding it use this instead: find ~ -type f -name "katesche*"
    – xeruf
    May 7, 2018 at 14:03

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