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Most of the time, I paste example code into my questions/answers, but for very short snippets I also type it directly into the field in the browser. For those times, it would be really nice to have a simple automatic indentation of the code. Nothing fancy that would analyse the presence of opening or closing braces, but some simple mechanism like, e.g., automatically reinsert n spaces/tabs after I type Return if the previous line also began with n spaces or tabs.

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related - meta.stackexchange.com/questions/84718/… –  YOU Apr 18 '11 at 7:44
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Also see: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/56326/… –  Cody Gray Apr 18 '11 at 8:40
    
I'm not asking for full-blown autoindent (which clearly is a huge effort) — just for the reinsertion of whatever my current indentation is on newlines. –  Jean-Philippe Pellet Apr 18 '11 at 8:48

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Shift-Return already does this, if you can get used to that...

(Or, as a workaround: just type without indenting, then select the whole block, and use the code button or hit Ctrl-K.)

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Shift-Return only inserts 4 spaces. I would like a system that inserts as many spaces as there was on the line before. The workaround is only partially helpful, because if I'm writing a multi-line body of an if, I also don't want to indent each line with two/four spaces again. –  Jean-Philippe Pellet Apr 18 '11 at 8:05
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Maybe not everyone likes to have code indented that way. It seems like a copy and paste from your favorite editor should take care of that. –  this.josh Apr 22 '11 at 19:35

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