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Common Code Style Options: Tabs and Indents

Tabs and Indents

ItemDescription
Use tab character
  • If this checkbox is selected, tab characters are used:
    • On pressing the Tab key
    • For indentation
    • For code reformatting
  • When the checkbox is cleared, PhpStorm uses spaces instead of tabs.
Smart tabs
  • If this checkbox is selected, the part of indentation defined by the nesting of code blocks, is made of the tabs and (if necessary) spaces, while the part of indentation defined by the alignment is made only of spaces.
    php code style smart tabs on
  • If this checkbox is cleared, only tabs are used. This means that a group of spaces that fits the specified tab size is automatically replaced with a tab, which may result in breaking fine alignment.
    php code style smart tabs off

The Smart Tabs checkbox is available if the Use Tab Character checkbox is selected.

Tab sizeIn this text box, specify the number of spaces included in a tab.
IndentIn this text box, specify the number of spaces (or tabs if the Use Tab Character checkbox is selected) to be inserted for each indent level.
Continuation indentIn this text box, specify the number of spaces (or tabs if the Use Tab Character checkbox is selected) to be inserted between the elements of an array, in expressions, method declarations and method calls.
Keep indents on empty linesIf this checkbox is selected, then PhpStorm will keep indents on the empty lines as if they contained some code.
If this checkbox is cleared, PhpStorm will delete the tab characters and spaces.
Last modified: 1 June 2018

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