Altium Designer Documentation


Created: July 27, 2015 | Updated: June 5, 2017
Now reading version 17.1. For the latest, read: InsertTab for version 21
Applies to Altium Designer versions: 15.1, 16.0, 16.1, 17.0, 17.1, 18.0, 18.1, 19.0, 19.1, 20.0, 20.1 and 20.2

Parent page: TextEdit Commands

The following pre-packaged resource, derived from this base command, is available:

Applied Parameters: None


This command is used to insert a tab at the current cursor position, within the current document.


Access to this command is made using the Tab keyboard shortcut only.


Simply position the cursor where you wish the tab to be inserted and launch the command.


  1. For standard tabbing, the number of characters involved in the tab is determined by the entry in the Tab Stops field, on the Text Editors - General page of the Preferences dialog. The default entry in this field is 4 - therefore this command will tab forwards four characters at a time.
  2. For smart tabbing - with the Smart tab option enabled on the the Text Editors - General page of the Preferences dialog - this command will tab forwards on the current line, in keeping with the start of new words on the previous line.


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