For typing in tables, you can use Text mode's definition of TAB,
tab-to-tab-stop. This command inserts indentation before point,
enough to reach the next tab stop column. If you are not in Text mode,
this command can be found on the key M-i.
You can specify the tab stops used by M-i. They are stored in a
tab-stop-list, as a list of column-numbers in
The convenient way to set the tab stops is with M-x
edit-tab-stops, which creates and selects a buffer containing a
description of the tab stop settings. You can edit this buffer to
specify different tab stops, and then type C-c C-c to make those
new tab stops take effect.
edit-tab-stops records which buffer
was current when you invoked it, and stores the tab stops back in that
buffer; normally all buffers share the same tab stops and changing them
in one buffer affects all, but if you happen to make
tab-stop-list local in one buffer then
that buffer will edit the local settings.
Here is what the text representing the tab stops looks like for ordinary tab stops every eight columns.
: : : : : : 0 1 2 3 4 0123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678 To install changes, type C-c C-c
The first line contains a colon at each tab stop. The remaining lines are present just to help you see where the colons are and know what to do.
Note that the tab stops that control
tab-to-tab-stop have nothing
to do with displaying tab characters in the buffer. See section Variables Controlling Display,
for more information on that.
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