Posted By: Simucal
Also, how do I save these settings so I never have to input them again?
I’ve seen other questions related to this, but it always seems to be a little off from what I want.
As has been pointed out in a couple of other answers, the preferred method now is NOT to use smartindent, but instead use the following (in your
filetype plugin indent on " show existing tab with 4 spaces width set tabstop=4 " when indenting with '>', use 4 spaces width set shiftwidth=4 " On pressing tab, insert 4 spaces set expandtab
In your [.vimrc:] file:
set smartindent set tabstop=4 set shiftwidth=4 set expandtab
The help files take a bit of time to get used to, but the more you read, the better Vim gets:
Even better, you can embed these settings in your source for portability:
To see your current settings:
As graywh points out in the comments, smartindent has been replaced by cindent which "Works more cleverly", although still mainly for languages with C-like syntax: