5 Replies Latest reply on Jul 5, 2017 11:59 AM by winterm

    Bullets and indents

    bfcreativenyc1 Level 1

      Hi,

      What does the cross symbol mean before the copy starts after the bullet in the attached screenshot. That a particular indent has been established? How do you change it?

       

      Thanks!

       

      Screen Shot 2017-06-30 at 10.34.51 AM.png

        • 1. Re: Bullets and indents
          winterm Level 4

          It's a special character Indent to Here

          see for the complete list:

          https://indesignsecrets.com/free-guide-to-indesign-special-characters.php

          Special chars are searchable:

          Indent.png

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          • 2. Re: Bullets and indents
            bfcreativenyc1 Level 1

            Thanks. I've noticed that even though it appears to be aligned on the left when I print it doesn't look straight on the left side. Is there any way to tweak it to make sure it looks straight on the left side?

             

            Thanks!

             

            Screen Shot 2017-07-05 at 10.32.02 AM.png

            • 3. Re: Bullets and indents
              bfcreativenyc1 Level 1

              Actually the attached the screenshot to referenceScreen Shot 2017-07-05 at 11.07.27 AM.png

              • 4. Re: Bullets and indents
                BarbBinder Adobe Community Professional

                I've noticed that even though it appears to be aligned on the left when I print it doesn't look straight on the left side. Is there any way to tweak it to make sure it looks straight on the left side?

                I'm unclear why you are using it for a bullet list in the first place. It's a manual fix: someone had to add the bullet, press the space bar 5 times, and then add the Right Indent to Here character...on every paragraph. InDesign has a bullet feature which uses tabs as the separator and creates the hanging indent for you. It's quicker to apply, and quicker to edit.

                 

                It's not too late to create a style called bullet and then find that string and replace it with the bullet style.

                 

                As for the alignment: it's the font. I don't see an appreciable difference in the alignment when I use spaces and a Right Indent to Here character vs using a tab in the Bullets and Numbering dialog box. Do you?

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                • 5. Re: Bullets and indents
                  winterm Level 4

                  Agreed to Barb - I don't see either.

                  If you're still unsatisfied with the overall look, maybe you could play with kerning: Metrics vs Optical (can be found in Control and Character palettes). However, it does nothing with the first character in a line.

                  Hey, characters aren't bricks of identical shape, so you can't expect visually perfect alignment...