I'm editing a plain text file on my iPhone and need to type a TAB (
\t) character. However, I am unable to find it and starting to wonder if it even exists.
Anyone able to help me out?
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Using keyboard text replacement:
following answer is not to insert tab, but for indent line.
(currently 2016/05) for the user of iPhone while using Note app,
I keep a list of special characters here: http://dontpad.com/sy
If you want the tab character for a specific purpose (e.g. a SSH client), I recommend getting an app that has this feature built in via a quick click or two. Many SSH clients have this.
If you want to just be able to type the Tab character everywhere, you'll probably need a special keyboard. The Emoji keyboard might have the tab key buried in their "600+ unicode symbols". Additionally, this Unicode Map app that allows copying of unicode characters into the copy-buffer also might have support for the tab key. If neither of those apps have what you want, try contacting the developers, as it would be a trivial change to add support for the tab character.
One other potential solution just came to mind: try creating a document in Evernote or the Notes app that contains a tab character generated on your computer. See if you can copy-and-paste this character.
I recomend you to use a Sourcecode editing App like Textastic which has a Tab Key.
Get TextExpander. It's an app for osx and ios that let's you type predefined bits of text with text shortcuts. It can create very complicated snippets of text, but for this issue I set it up to type a tab character with my shortcut of "tab.."
After running the shortcut there is a tab character in the clipboard.
For this you only need an iOS device with the free Apple Shortcuts app found on the App Store.
Use talk button and just say "tab". Works great!
Hmm? When typing in this comment box, all shows correctly but when posting the formatting changes and the tabs (below) disappear. Hmmm? But when editing, the tabs return. So the site doesn't display correctly though the formatting is saved. Hmmm?
Holding your finger in place lets me indent in Notes, but not in Mail. It also doesn't let me tab though.., Pages lets me insert a tab (and many other things). I can then copy and paste the tab as seen here: <--TAB
I can also set up a keyboard shortcut for a tab as seen here: tab
that is a tab before the word tab; you can't put just a tab in a shortcut so I copied in a tab then added the word tab.
BTW: This comment box doesn't let me indent or insert.
To insert tab, on the line you want to insert tab, touch the current cursor then a pop-up appear should appear for more editing. Select Insert; then tab.
Easy. Just copy one of the tab characters below while on your iPhone.