Is there a way to set a fixed number of spaces for a tab indent? If not, can someone recommend a program that is simple like TextEdit, but also does have fixed tab spacing?

  • Textedit is a baby word processor with very limited options. I don't believe this is possible, but there are a large number of text editors with an option to set all of those things. BBEdit is a good one and is one of the longest running apps harking back to the Classic MacOS days. – Steve Chambers Feb 9 at 0:02

If meaning of 'tab indent' is 'tab stop' in TextEdit User Guide jargon then you can follow instructions in Set tab stops (short: while ruler visible manually drag tabs stop width)

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