Folks, I'd delete this post if I could, but can't figure out how to do it.
I did figure out how to modify the tab stops.
I selected the entire text.
moved the tab.
Seems to have worked.
Below is the original question.
I've spent about an hour on this and can't figure it out.
I've reviewed the online tutorials, but nothing works in my real life with cc as it does in the tutorials.
I've got a document with a tab at the start of every paragraph. I can see it when I view invisibles.
Unfortunately, the tabs do not take up enough spaces.
Now I could try to do a search and replace with aTWO tab stops, which would work, but I'd much rather just set the one tab stop to be over at the quarter inch mark. (I do have about 200 pages of text)
When I click in the tab thingy and select the tab image in the document and use the magnet, I can set that specific tab where I want it, but all the others remain at 24th of an inch in. (or so). In the image below I can grab that tab and move it, but it doesn't affect any other tabs in the document.
Is there any way to change the global settings on the initial tab stop?
Good idea. Thanks. But I think it's too late for me. I'd have to do a global search and replace to get rid of tab stops and then I'd have to change the style.
And I don't want to do that. Maybe I'll wind up doing it.
Here's an example of (one of many) problems that using tabs as indents can cause, so Peter's grep find and replace is worth doing.
The column on the left uses tab indents but looks like it has one paragraph because I forgot to add a tab and you can't see where the 2nd paragraph starts. The column on the right always indents consistently because the indent is part of the style:
Searching for just \t will find every tab in your text. That's not what you want. you want only tabs at the start of a paragraph. For that you use ^\t+
The ^ (hold shift and press the 6 key) is the start of paragraph position marker, the \t is a tab, and the + after it says match one or more in a row.
But when I entered the series you gave me, I got "not found." I don't believe there were any other tabs in my text besides those at the start of paragraphs. I just purposely entered a tab and did a search for it using your string and it did appear. So I guess there aren't any.
The reason you may not have had success with Peter's Find/Replace string is because of not selecting the GREP tab in the Find/Replace box. GREP F/R strings are different than the first tab in the F/R dialog.