# [SOLVED] [REQUEST] Tab to indent list item

edited August 2021

As of v1.0.7, shift-tab will produce the same effect as the menu Format > Outdent Line. I would love to see tab do the opposite and indent the line.

This would be particularly useful in the context of auto-completed list so when we get the dash+space on a new line, we could hit tab to indent it.

Post edited by ctietze on

## Comments

• That's on the task list and will be implemented after I upgrade the Markdown highlighter to MMD6

Author at Zettelkasten.de • https://christiantietze.de/

• Has this happened already and I missed a preference setting? I've developed a Keyboard Maestro macro that will do it for me with shift-return, creating an indented list item below the current one. But I would love to be able to just hit return in a list, then hit tab, and create an indented item on the next line. I do that out of habit so I always have to go back and fix it.

• No, not yet! The Markdown editor is being revamped and interactions like this will be part of that effort.

Author at Zettelkasten.de • https://christiantietze.de/

• +1 for this.

• +1 as well. I'm trying this app for the first time and loving it, but I write a lot of bulleted lists and in every other app the behavior is Tab = indent, so I'm having trouble adjusting. Thanks.

• Actually, I just implemented this with BetterTouchTool!
(remapped tab to cmd+]).
Nearly two years later...
Why haven't I done this sooner?

• There's one caveat though: when the focus is NOT in the editor, tab does nothing.

• @maclm said:
Actually, I just implemented this with BetterTouchTool!
(remapped tab to cmd+]).
Nearly two years later...
Why haven't I done this sooner?

Awesome. Just implemented that. Thank you.

• If you remap tab completely, you may also want to experiment with writing your own app shortcuts in the macOS System Preferences: https://support.apple.com/en-sa/guide/mac-help/mchlp2271/mac

Author at Zettelkasten.de • https://christiantietze.de/

• edited May 2020

Oops! My trick destroys the ability to use ctrl-tab to cycle thru open tabs.
Which, apparently, I use a lot more than indentation.

In the meantime, I'll resort to using cmd-]
(cmd-opt-0 on my machine).

@ctietze please don't take this as impatience on my part but rather as an encouragement from an enthusiast user.

And by the way, thank you for making The Archive.

• @maclm I had no problem remapping cmd-] to tab with Keyboard Maestro and it does not "destroy the ability to use ctrl-tab to cycle thru open tabs." Must be particular to BTT.

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• @Will thank you for pointing that out.
After some more tests, it now works with either KM or BTT.
Go figure.

• @maclm Great idea, thank you. Implemented. 👍🏻

• This is now part of v1.7.1 (cutting edge update channel). Thanks for all your patience!

Author at Zettelkasten.de • https://christiantietze.de/

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