When I make a plain list like this:

- Pizza making 
  This is an elaborate process that 
  involves many years of training.

Usually I have to manually press TAB on every new line. Can this be automated so that org automatically inserts a tab for me if I press return once, and doesn't insert a tab if I press return twice?

[EDIT] Solution:
Pressing C-j gets the job done.

  • 2
    Does C-j work?
    – abo-abo
    Commented Feb 18, 2015 at 18:56
  • omg, fastest answer ever. Yea, that's exactly what I was looking for. I'd totally accept this as a complete answer. Commented Feb 18, 2015 at 18:57

2 Answers 2


You can use C-j that calls newline-and-indent.

Since you didn't know about that one, you might be also interested in M-j that calls indent-new-comment-line.


I'd say you could have a look at org-mode... it is way cooler than text lists and is nowhere complicated either.

Sorry... I couldn't put it in comment since it wanted a higher reputation there.

  • Thank you for taking the effort to post an answer. If you look at the tag list, I'm already using org-mode :-). Commented Feb 20, 2015 at 14:47
  • @LeoUfimtsev- Okay... didn't notice that... :)
    – deejay
    Commented Feb 27, 2015 at 13:15

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