VIM - How do I make the width of a single TAB only 4 spaces wide ?
In this extremely short article we will provide you with the steps required to make the width of a single TAB only 4 spaces wide.
This especially useful when using Visual Mode within VIM , in that you can indent large portions of text.
Within your ~/.vimrc file add the following lines.
set shiftwidth=4 " change the number of space characters inserted for indentation
set expandtab " insert spaces whenever a tab key is pressed
set softtabstop=4 " makes the spaces feel like real tabs
There are 2 other VIM commands that can be especially useful, when dealing with TAB's. They are:
:set list - shows unprintable characters.
:retab - converts all TABs to spaces.
Note : Both of the above commands are run directly within the VIM terminal.