[Tutor] Using TAB in Python IDLE

Alan Gauld alan.gauld at btinternet.com
Sat Apr 3 14:12:47 CEST 2010

"kent morris" <rincewind668 at yahoo.com> wrote

> I am just getting started programing in python and am having
> a problem with the IDLE interface. When I type in an entry and
> hit the TAB key to enter a remark, I get a drop down menu of
> some kind, I don't know what this is for,

Neither do I from your description.

Can you tell us:

1) Which IDLE window are you using? The text editor or the
interactive prompt(>>>) aka Python Shell?

2) Can you cut n paste an example of where the "problem" occurs?
ie let us see *exactly* what you have typed.

3) Can you confirm that this happens when you type the TAB key?
I get various helpful things popping up in IDLE but none of them
use the TAB key.

> I haven't gotten that far. All I want to do is TAB out to enter a 
> comment.
> How do I turn this feature off or work around it. I am using IDLE 3.1.2?

I can use TAB to enter comments without any issues so we need
more detailed information.

Alan Gauld
Author of the Learn to Program web site

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