[Geany-Users] Tabify/untabify on selection only, in complete line

Lars Paulsen lars_paulsen at xxxxx
Sat Aug 26 20:52:13 UTC 2017

It's fine for me that it requires to have the whole line selected.
My tests revealed that "spaces to tabs" only replaces the leading spaces 
but "tabs to space" replaces all tabs with spaces (as wanted).
So this seems to be a bit inconsistent.

Also it would be nice if I could put the action on the toolbar or the 
menu (e.g. under "edit/format).
The menu would be my preferred solution as I am used to it from other 

Looks like that the feature could be improved. Maybe I will do it 
sometime in the future, but not now.

Thanks for all help/answers!


On 26.08.2017 21:35, Matthew Brush wrote:
> On 2017-08-26 12:00 PM, Colomban Wendling wrote:
>> Le 26/08/2017 à 11:43, Matthew Brush a écrit :
>>> On 2017-08-26 10:26 AM, Lars Paulsen wrote:
>>>> Hi All,
>>>> I would like to know if there is a way to tabify/untabify a portion of
>>>> selected text?
>>>> I know I can mark text and change the indentation with tab/shift tab
>>>> and that will also delete tabs (if configured).
>>>> But it does only delete the tab on the start of the line before the
>>>> first token.
>>>> E.g. '-->token-->nextToken;' becomes '....token-->nextToken;' ('.' =
>>>> one space, '-->' = one tab).
>>>> I would like it to become '....token....nextToken;'.
>>>> How can I do that, only for a selection - not for the whole document.
>>> I've wanted that a few times as well. One reasonable way would be to
>>> change the `Document->Replace [tabs|spaces] with [tabs|spaces]` options
>>> to only affect the current selection if there is one. It just requires
>>> someone who cares enough to implement it :)
>> Someone did a while ago and it made it in 1.26 already ;)
>> https://github.com/geany/geany/pull/394
>> So, just select some lines and use that feature and it should do what
>> you like.  WFM at least :)
> Doesn't work here, internal spaces/tabs aren't replaced like the OP is 
> asking about. That PR seems to only affect leading indentation and 
> only when the whole line is selected.
> Regards,
> Matthew Brush
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