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Need help with decimal tabs?

May 2, 2012 9:23 AM

Hi

 

This is driving me crazy.

 

I've done this in earlier versions of Indesign.

I'm using CS4.

 

I need to use a tab to make all the prices on this page line up.

But nothing I have tried works.

 

I've read the help files but they just say make a decimal tab and the numbers will move there.

No details or step by step instructions. 

 

I guess I need someone to hold my hand. LOL

 

When I create a decimal tab and select the line of type with the number in it and hit tab the whole line just disappears, or it moves the number to the next line, flush left.

Nothing I do will get it to move the decimal over to the tab.

 

Any help appreciated...

 

Tabs Clip.JPG

The blue guide line on the left side of the collum is where I want the decimals to align.

 

Mike

 
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    May 2, 2012 9:49 AM   in reply to Nohjekim

    Setup looks fine, presuming that tab stop is applied to the paragraphs (I'd set it inthe style). You need to press tab, though, before the first digit.

     
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    May 2, 2012 9:50 AM   in reply to Nohjekim

    Place your cursor at the start of the price then enter a tab.

     
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    May 2, 2012 10:20 AM   in reply to Nohjekim

    And, if you're not using styles, you need to select the text first, then go to the Tabs bar and add the new tab.

     
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    May 2, 2012 10:32 AM   in reply to Nohjekim

    My guess is the tab stop is too close to the right margin...

     
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    May 2, 2012 10:42 AM   in reply to Nohjekim

    Perhaps the tab placement is not far enough from the right to allow the .00 to fit.

     
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  • lilia@
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    May 2, 2012 1:21 PM   in reply to Nohjekim

    shift-tab would have done the job (in this case).

     
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    May 2, 2012 1:27 PM   in reply to lilia@

    That's really not true. A right indent tab is analagouse to a right-aligned tab set on the right margin. Depending on the font, and the whter there are tabualr figures, a right-aligned or right-indent tab MIGHT yeild a similar result, but with proportional figures the position of the decimal point would shift back and forth slightly depenidng on waht the actual numbers might be.

     
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  • lilia@
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    May 2, 2012 1:33 PM   in reply to Peter Spier

    Peter... understood... but like I said... in this case (from the look of the screenshots)

     

    PS pancakes.... yummy (now I'm hungry)

     
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    May 2, 2012 1:38 PM   in reply to lilia@

    Well, yes, from a design standpoint the right-indent tab would probably work and be relatively simple to execute since the prices are not stacked atop one another.

     
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