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Is the opposite word of "indent" is "outdent", or is it "unindent"?

Corresponding to "Tab" and "Shift Tab" in most editors.

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It isn't clear what you want the word to mean; "outdent" and "unindent" have two different meanings which can both be taken to be the opposite of "indent". Is the opposite of a "hill" a "plain" or a "valley"? –  Peter Shor Feb 3 at 2:14
    
I think you're looking for unformatted or unindented. That is not formatted or indented respectively. But, perhaps you mean a margin or a gutter margin? –  Elliott Frisch Feb 3 at 3:36
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Partly due to the popularity of Microsoft and Adobe, outdent is commonly used in commercial text editors. In my experience, though, unindent (often hyphenated) is used to describe the Shift + Tab key combo in Sublime, Eclipse, and TEX. I always say un-indent since outdent also refers to a specific formatting, called a hanging paragraph. –  jboneca Feb 3 at 3:43
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Indent in to the right of margin, outdent is to the left of margin, but unindent is to undo an indent. Newb is right in his answer. Both outdent & unindent are used, and have different meanings. jiyinyiyong, These are not words used in general English writing. Please refer to your software Help, or Google the definitions. –  Kris Feb 3 at 8:30
    
@PeterShor I misunderstood these words. It's unindent here as the only anwser said. –  jiyinyiyong Feb 4 at 7:59

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Corresponding to "Tab" and "Shift Tab" in most editors.

In that case you'll want unindent, as it reverses the indent action, and as outdent refers to a (usually left-) hanging block of text.

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