In an effort to get vim to show vertical indentation lines I ran the following command:

:set list lcs=tab:\|\

Now my tabs look like this:

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How can I reset vim to default behaviour of not displaying anything for tab characters?

  • :set nolist and then :help listchars... – jasonwryan Mar 14 '15 at 21:07

Just undo your changed option values: 'list' is a boolean flag whose inverse is 'nolist'. With your messed up value of 'listchars', you can reset it to the default by appending & (cp. :help :set-default):

:set nolist lcs&

Just restarting Vim also works :-)

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  • I didn't know you could use an ampersand to reset an option to its default value. Thanks! – Anthony Geoghegan Mar 15 '15 at 20:07

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