Set it as part of the paragraph style
I don't know how to do that... I've pretty much been given a project to do with no instruction and I don't know indesign very well. Standard text box, bold header left aligned, hit enter, tab, then type paragraphs. I don't want the headers moved I do want the paragraphs indented by five spaces. How do I do that?
Don't use the tab key.
Instead set a second paragraph style for the text after the headers and set a left indent. for the first line (sounds like you only want the first line indented).
I. Don't. Know. How.
Don't use a tab.
Set a first-line indent.
Type a few lines of your first paragraph, then look on the control bar across the top of the screen and find this:
Click the up-arrow and/or adjust the value in the field until you like the size of the indent.
Type the rest of your paragraph. When you tap Enter to start a new one, the indent will take effect automatically.
When you're ready to get more sophisticated, you could use one of your existing paragraphs to create a new Paragraph Style which you can them apply at will elsewhere.
Thank you so much, that's very helpful!
You're probably in way over your head, but try this:
Type a paragraph with the formatting you want for the text, except don't hit the Tab key at the beginning.
Make sure your text cursor is someplace in the paragraph you just typed, and in the control Panel use the indicated field from the screen shot below to set the first line indent:
the text should move to include the indent.
Make sure your text cursor is still someplace in the paragraph you just typed. Now open the Paragraph Styles panel. Click the menu button in the upper right corner of the panel to open the panel's flyout menu.
Choose New Paragraph Style... and the dialog will open. It should be pre-filled with the formatting information from your paragraph, including the first line indent. Give it a name, and apply it to your text that should be formatted that way.
Whoever gave you this assignment should be tarred and feathered. InDesign carries a pretty steep learning curve.
It's unfair to expect someone with no training to use it.
Be that as it may, I'm managing to figure things out using online tutorials and this forum. From one day to the next the measurement on the tab key changed and I don't know what I did to change it or to fix it. But someone helped me to figure out what I needed.
Tar and feathering is a bit harsh ... maybe moderate pummeling about the head and shoulders with a fish bat would do it.
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