Is it possible to type the tab character in the TexWorks find window
without needing to create a tab character elsewhere and then copy paste it in?


Depending on the operating system it can be possible; it isn't on Mac OS X (no Linux box available now and no Windows at all).

Instead, use regular expressions, which is possible by checking the appropriate option

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This should teach everybody about never using TAB in TeX files. ;-)

  • Is this an answer to "typing the tab character" in the Find window? – Matsmath Jun 8 '16 at 18:05
  • Most dope. Good use of the word 'tab' as the separator for added clarity. – kando Jun 8 '16 at 18:07
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    @Matsmath Since the OS usually intercepts TAB as “switch between fields”, it's not possible to type a TAB in the window; with regular expressions, \t is translated to TAB. I clarified, thanks for commenting. – egreg Jun 8 '16 at 18:10
  • Haha, hey mister - my problem wasn't my own types of tab - I was converting someone's MS Word mess to tex, and all of my monospace code was jarred since the copypasta pulled hidden tab characters with it. – kando Jun 9 '16 at 11:20
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    @kando You might be interested in How to find characters that LaTeX doesn't like in case there are other problematic characters that have been pulled in from Word. – Nicola Talbot Jun 9 '16 at 15:43

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