# write in column mode add spaces for indention, instead of tabs

• In my files I use tabs to indent. When I use column mode and write something the it add spaces at the beginning of the blank line and no tabs. Can this be setup somewhere or is there a workaround? I setup tab=4 and replace by space is not checked.

Example

``````A
B
C

X
Y
Z
``````

Start with the column mode there:

``````A
|B
|	C
|
|	X
|Y
Z
``````

and write something

``````A
bla|B
bla|	C
bla|
bla|	X
bla|Y
Z
``````

Then in the line, which was blank before it is now <space><space><space><space>bla. Expected is <tab>bla.

• Hi @MaDill

I actually submitted a patch to Scintilla a little while back to fix this problem and it was merged into v3.6.7 (released Sept. 2016) of Scintilla. However Notepad++ is still on a much older version of Scintilla, so currently there is no work around that I know of.

• Then let’s hope that N++ update Scintilla some day…