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Lines can be indented with tab characters. And it is quite obvious the there are better ways to do that than manually adding a tab character to the beginning of each line.

But how to discover these ways is less obvious. Looking for help topics about "indent" and "tab" finds a lot of information about source code formatting with automatic indentation, and about tab pages and the tabstop character.

How to find help about manually indenting lines with tabs?

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Manually indenting lines with tabs is called shifting in the documentation of vim, the relevant help is found with

:h shift-left-right

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