I've just started using IntelliJ IDEA 12 Community Edition. Either I'm missing something obvious, or the default settings for Tabs and Indents are not being copied over for new projects. I went into File -> Other Settings -> Default Settings. The left-hand navigation shows "Template Project Settings". I selected the "Code Style" tree item. I made sure that the "Project" scheme was selected in the right-hand window content. Then, for each "Code Style" tree item ("General", "Groovy", "HTML", "Java", and "XML") I checked the "Use tab character" option and the "Smart tabs" option. I clicked "Apply", then "OK". When I create a new project, however, those settings are not used. Everything within "Code Style" section has the "Use tab character" option unchecked.
Can someone confirm this behavior, or tell me what I'm doing wrong?
And please, don't turn this into "You should be using spaces instead of tabs" debate.