This looks like a feature. Is it causing you undue distress? Because no one has replied to your post as yet, I am guessing that there is no alternative solution.
Feel free to make a feature request to the team using the wishlist form. Feature Request/Bug Report Form
I am not the original poster but this is causing me undue distress. It's very distracting and makes it difficult to keep track of where I am working.
With some delay: thanks Preran!
I'm the original poster - and yes this "feature" is sure causing me distress and sorrow. Like another poster mentioned, it's extremely distracting when editing the code.
I'm sure there are some uses for this feature, but it's beyond comprehension why Adobe would suddenly introduce it without an option to disable it. Just looking - fruitlessly - for such essential option caused me some serious waste of time.
For example, Text Wrangler (a free text editor) has a similar feature - naturally with an option to disable it in the Preferences (see screenshot).
This issue alone will cause me to switch back to DW 2015.
In any case, thanks again for your attention to this post. I'll submit the feature request as you suggested.
This is definitely a "what were they thinking feature". It's really distracting and adds almost no value (maybe to locate other uses of the same variable(?!). Mostly the interface "improvements" in DW 2017 are a big disappointment. My only hope is that the app is a little more stable than 2015.x and doesn't crash quite as frequently.
It's probably time to look for a new code editor.
We are checking with our product team regarding this issue and update you soon with the provided info.
Please stay tuned.
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There is no preference in UI to disable highlighting matching strings.
However you can turn it off by setting it false in brackets.json.
Following are the steps:
1. Quit Dreamweaver
2. Open brackets.json in a text editor available in below path
Win: %appdata%\Adobe\Dreamweaver CC 2017\en_US\Configuration\Brackets
Mac: ~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Dreamweaver CC 2017/en_US/Configuration/Brackets
3. Set "highlightMatches": false and save the file
4. Launch Dreamweaver
The feature should be turned off now.