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Tabs and Indents

Function or procedure call



Use tab character

Use TAB characters instead of SPACE characters for indents. A TAB character appears when you press Tab. A SPACE character when you press Space.

Smart tabs

Use combination of TAB and SPACE characters depending on the context.

Tab size

Set the size of a single TAB character (in a number of SPACE characters).


Set the size of an indent (in a number of SPACE characters). Indent is a position of a text relative to the margin. In our case, the margin is a gutter with line numbers.

Continuation indent

Add a number of SPACE characters to an indent on a next line for a multiline expression. Consider the following example with zero indent and aligned strings.

Original expression

Continuation indent = 4

Continuation indent = 4
To begin

Keep indents on empty lines

Keep indents if the line is empty.

Last modified: 09 August 2021