Is it possible to set the default tab to four spaces in Google Docs? I'm gonna take an interview with Google and supposed to code in Docs, but the tab is much more than the usual 4 spaces, which makes coding a pain. Does someone know how to set tab to generate 4 spaces every time it is pressed?

A related question was asked but the answer does not work in my case since I want tab to generate 4 spaces every time it's pressed.

  • can you install lifehacker texter? – malarres Mar 5 '15 at 14:54
  • Unfortunately, I am using Mac OS X, not Windows, which is incompatible with lifehacker texter. Any way to get around this issue? – sinoTrinity Mar 5 '15 at 20:08
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    if you can avoid using º character, then you can go to Tools > Preferences and replace º with three spaces, then when you press space this is substituted for a total of four spaces. Not the ideal solution, but it can work – malarres Mar 6 '15 at 9:58
  • (I tried to replace tab with a series of spaces but this is not supported) – malarres Mar 6 '15 at 9:59

Click the upper ruler on the top of the document, click "add left tab stop", then adjust it to 4 spaces from the "left indent".

Its in this link in the section "Tab stops": https://support.google.com/docs/answer/183618?hl=en

Source: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/19122111/how-set-tab-indent-to-four-spaces-in-google-docs

  • Where is this "add left tab stop"? Or how does it look? Did you see it working? – AlikElzin-kilaka Jun 3 '20 at 5:28

I had this same issue - you can set a left tab stop for a single line, but not all of them.

I resolved this by globally selecting the document and then setting a new tab stop.

Not the best solution, but it worked.

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