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Tab Override


Tab Override allows you to enter tabs into the HTML editor (not Visual) as you would in a desktop text editor.


  • Tab character insertion via the tab key
  • Tab character removal via the shift+tab key combination
  • Multi-line selection support
  • Adjustable tab size (use tabs or any number of spaces)
  • Auto indent feature
  • Custom key combinations (use any key and modifier keys for tab/untab)
  • Tabs on/off toolbar button
  • Can be enabled or disabled for specific admin pages
  • Customizable jQuery selectors for plugin interoperability
  • Cross-browser compatible

NOTE: As of version 3.0, PHP 4 is no longer supported.


  • Multiple lines can be indented at once
  • The Tab Override settings page


  1. Upload the tab-override directory to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Set the plugin options through the ‘Settings’ menu in WordPress


What browsers are supported?

IE 6+, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera 10.50+

Is PHP 4 supported?

No, PHP 4 support was dropped in version 3.0.

Where can I ask additional questions? or


Works as of 7/11. THANK YOU!

This is SO useful. It’s very frustrating as a coder/developer to not be able to use the tab key.

I’ve been using an external tool to clean up the content in the past, and it’s been a pain in the butt. With this, I don’t have to do that anymore.

It works with the existing version of WordPress and that should be reflected on the plugin page. Huge timesaver.

A huge thankyou to the developers.



Does exactly what it’s supposed to do, thanks!

(Also allows setting the tab size, yay)

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Contributors & Developers

“Tab Override” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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  • Updated the JavaScript library to version 4.0.2


  • Added options for custom key combinations
  • Updated the JavaScript library to version 4.0.0


  • Internet Explorer 10 compatibility


  • Added options to customize the selectors used by the jQuery plugin
  • Updated the jQuery plugin to the latest version (2.0)
  • Increased the minimum required version of WordPress to 3.3


  • Updated the jQuery plugin


  • WordPress 3.3 compatibility update
  • Increased the minimum required version of WordPress to 3.2


  • Added an optional tabs on/off toolbar button
  • Removed the reset_options option
  • Fixed the auto indent option to switch on/off properly
  • Changed the way new options are created when the plugin is updated
  • Increased the minimum required version of WordPress to 3.0


  • Updated settings array to enable auto indent by default


  • Added an auto indent feature
  • Added an uninstall procedure to clean up options in the database
  • Improved security and performance
  • Updated the jQuery plugin to version 1.1 (includes auto indent, IE bug fixes)
  • Added translation support (internationalization / i18n)
  • Added tab_override_init and tab_override_add_scripts hooks
  • Updated code to better conform to WordPress coding standards
  • PHP 4 is no longer supported


  • Updated code for WordPress 3.0 compatibility
  • Added options to select which admin pages have Tab Override enabled
  • Added option to reset all options to defaults when plugin is (re)activated


  • Added a settings page with a Tab Size option (default blank = tab character)
  • JavaScript is now included as a jQuery plugin


  • Fixed a compatibility issue with Internet Explorer


  • Added support for Internet Explorer, Chrome and Safari
  • Added tab removal support via the shift+tab key combination
  • Added mutli-line selection support


  • Added Firefox support


  • Initial release
  • Opera only