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This episode covers the commands for shifting text left and right (< and >), and also goes over the auto indent command (=).

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This episode demonstrates a few techniques for tidying up whitespace. First, it looks at how to convert between tabs and spaces. Then it shows how to strip trailing whitespace, and finally, how to remove blank lines from a file.

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Different file types may require particular whitespace settings. For example, YAML files must be indented using spaces, whereas makefiles require indentation with tabs. These preferences can be specified by hooking into the FileType event with an autocommand.

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Vim offers very granular control over whitespace. This episode explains the purpose of tabstop, softtabstop, shiftwidth and expandtab settings, and illustrates how Vim behaves using various combinations of these.

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Vim’s list feature can be used to reveal hidden characters, such as tabstops and newlines. In this episode, I demonstrate how to customise the appearance of these characters by tweaking the listchars setting. I go on to show how to make these invisible characters blend in with your colortheme.

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