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Find/replace not recognizing \t for tabs [closed]

asked 2012-03-26 08:56:42 +0100

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updated 2015-10-16 02:12:17 +0100

Alex Kemp gravatar image

I'm trying to find and replace all tabs in a document, because I need to remove all indentation from it for formatting purposes. However, when I try to find and replace the tabs with \t in the find box, nothing comes up. There are hundreds of tabs in the document--far too many for me to remove manually. What am I doing wrong?

I'm using the Mac version, in case that information is pertinent.

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answered 2012-03-26 13:14:12 +0100

Pedro gravatar image

You need to click on the More Options button (bottom of Find & Replace dialog) and check the Regular Expressions box since \t is a regex code

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Ah, I wasn't aware of that. It works perfectly now. Thank you very much!

mactutor10 gravatar imagemactutor10 ( 2012-03-27 08:43:42 +0100 )edit

answered 2012-05-15 21:16:37 +0100

Aiwe gravatar image

I especially signed up to say thank you, Pedro for this tip. I was frustrated being not able to replace huge amount of empty paragraphs in provided texts. Now after cheking this Regular expression radiobutton it worsk like a charm!

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I'm glad that I could help you. Now that you have registered, you can "pay" forward by helping others ;)

Pedro gravatar imagePedro ( 2012-05-17 11:06:51 +0100 )edit

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