In Eclipse, how can spaces behave as tabs?
I have replaced all my tabs by spaces in my PHP code source (and I configured Eclipse to use 4 spaces as tabs). When I hit tab, I get 4 spaces, that's OK.
But when I hit backspace to remove an indentation level (a tab), it removes only one space. So I have to hit 4 times space to remove an indentation level.
That is one of the most absurd thing I've seen in Eclipse, so I guess there is an option somewhere to enable us to remove 4 spaces as if it where a tab ? or a plugin ?
Don't think there is a way to set it to delete the entire space indentation with backspace, but shift+tab should do what you want.
After all this time, no solution.
I'm considering this as impossible then : there is no solution.
So... I also need that feature. Before a began to use Eclipse, I was a Vim user. Actually a still use it for some edit task. There is a vimplugin for eclipse, so you can use it as your Eclipse editor. But its a matter of taste.
You can configure vim to do exactly that: Tab insert 4 spaces. Backspaces deletes indentations.
Here the config for your settings:
set tabstop=8 " This is the default in any editor, Tabs are 8spaces Wide" set expandtab " Tabs are converted to spaces" set softtabstop=4 " Tabs are 4 spaces" set shiftwidth=4 " Indent is 4 spaces" " Here the magic" set backspace=indent,eol,start " Deletes over indent, line breaks, edit starts"