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Set up tabs to line up on third character

Dec 4, 2012 8:08 PM

Tags: #cs5 #indesign #tabs #multiple_tabs

I am creating an reference for a document and I need to set up tabs in the third character. This is how it looks

 

1          xxxxx fsffd sfssdfsa

25        csfwafs sfsfsaf sdfsd gs asfas

325      sdfsdfsd fsgv as gsad ags asfsad

 

This is how I need it to look

 

    1      xxxxx fsffd sfssdfsa

  25      csfwafs sfsfsaf sdfsd gs asfas

325      sdfsdfsd fsgv as gsad ags asfsad

 

I need the numbers to line up on the third character and then the text to line up after the tab. I knw how to do the second part but I am having issues lining uo the numbers?

 

Any ideas are really appreciated.

 

- Dolph

 
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  • Currently Being Moderated
    Dec 4, 2012 10:42 PM   in reply to Eva01Adolfo

    This link may help :-

     

    http://blogs.adobe.com/indesigndocs/2010/02/aligning_punctuation_in_bu llet.html

    http://indesignsecrets.com/decimal-align-numbered-lists.php

     

    also, you can add the first line indent tab from Type->Tabs and can work on the each number in the list manually, however this is not a good option is the list is too long.

     
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  • Rob Day
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    Dec 5, 2012 4:45 AM   in reply to Eva01Adolfo

    A right tab before the number and a left tab after the number:

     

     

    Screen shot 2012-12-05 at 7.42.54 AM.png

     

    Screen shot 2012-12-05 at 7.43.31 AM.png

     
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    Dec 5, 2012 3:36 PM   in reply to Eva01Adolfo

    In your paragraph style add a left indent at the same value as you set for your left-aligned tab for the text, then add a negative first line indent of the same amount.

     
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    Dec 5, 2012 4:48 PM   in reply to Eva01Adolfo

    It would be a lot better if you gave us a real screen shot. Other than the numbers are left aligned above I don't see the problem.

     
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    Dec 5, 2012 4:51 PM   in reply to Eva01Adolfo

    Speaking of screenshots:

     

    You need to make sure that your first tab is a right-align tab, and that your second tab is a left-align tab.

     

    Untitled.png

     

    Do you see how the tab markers show their alignment direction by which way the "tail" points? Do you see the second tab on top of the indent-marker-triangle thing? That should get you what you want.

     
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  • Rob Day
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    Dec 5, 2012 6:02 PM   in reply to Eva01Adolfo

    Another way to do it is to add an Indent to Here (Type>Insert Special>Other) character after the 2nd tab:

     

    Screen shot 2012-12-05 at 8.58.50 PM.png

     
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