Configure Preferences: Tabs
Menu: Configure > Preferences
Default Shortcut Key: none
Macro function: ConfigurePreferences()
The Tabs page of the Configure Preferences dialog contains options which relate to function of the Tab key, and to the display size of a tab:
Tab key inserts real tabs
When this option is used the Tab key will insert tabs (character value 9) into the file.
Tab key inserts spaces
When this option is used the Tab key will insert an equivalent number of Spaces, in accordance with the current Tab Display Size.
Tab key inserts spaces, with tabstops determined from line above
When this option is used, the Tab key will advance the text cursor to the next field of data as determined from the line above the current line.
Fixed with tabs of size n
Use this option to set the default display size for fixed width tabs.
Variable width tabs, with tab stops at columns...
Use this option to designate the columns at which variable width tab stops should occur.
Tab key is non-destructive when used in typeover mode
When this option is checked, the Tab key will not overwrite text when used in Typeover mode. For a similar option that affects the function of the Backspace key, see the Configure | Preferences | Editing dialog page.
Tab key inserts tab in the edit boxes of various Find, Replace and Find & Count dialog boxes
When this option is checked, the Tab key with insert an actual tab character into the edit boxes of the Find, Replace, Replace Line Enders and Find & Count dialog boxes. Ordinarily, when the Tab key is pressed in a dialog box, focus shifts to the next control in the dialog box. This option can be used to override that behavior, making it easier to create search or replace strings that include the tab character.