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PDSOE: How to improve the Indentation (CTRL+I) in Progress Developer Studio?

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TitlePDSOE: How to improve the Indentation (CTRL+I) in Progress Developer Studio?
URL Name000047084
Article Number000169326
EnvironmentProduct: OpenEdge
Version: 10.1C, 10.2x, 11.x
OS: All Supported Platforms
Question/Problem Description
How to improve the Indentation (CTRL+I) in Progress Developer Studio?
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CTRL+I feature is used to automatically correct the indentation of a source file, 
By default this follows tabular indentation meaning if there is a source code like below: 
<<Snippet 1>> 
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On performing CTRL+SHIFT+I all the variables on top of the file will be aligned in a tabular format, the output will look something like this: 
<<Snippet 2>> 
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The extra space after AS CLASS is because of tabular format indentation, it tries to indent all keywords and other variables under columns, if you observe you can find CTRL+I has arranged all the statements of variables in 5 columns. 

However, the tabular formatting can be turned off by changing a preference. 
In Windows>Preferences>Progress Openedge>Editor uncheck the option “Enable tabular formatting” 

Now performing CTRL+I on <<Snippet 1>> will result in output which will look something like this: 
<<Snippet 3>> 
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The code inside REPEAT block is given one tab space to represent that the code is inside REPEAT block. 

However do note that once you perform tabular formatting and then removing the preference option will not change the indentation of the variables. 

Which means after removing the preference option if we perform CTRL+I on <<Snippet 2>> will not result in <<Snippet 3>>, 
But performing CTRL+I on <<Snippet 1>> will result to <<Snippet 3>> 

When tabular formatting is enabled, each keyword will be aligned with a new column. The gaps appeared in the code is due to some extra keywords (like Class) in variables definitions.
The tabs are added before each line and the normal code won't format as Table. When a statement has multiple keywords then only table formatting applies (like var. definitions, temp-table fields etc...).
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Last Modified Date12/20/2018 12:10 PM
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