I have InDesign CS4 documents with numbered lists in various places in the documents. I've been numbering them manually because I can't find a way to insert a tab character in front of an autonumber. The Bullets and Numbering settings dialog won't let me insert a tab at the beginning of an auto-number -- gives an error message. The reason for the tab in front of the number is so that the numbers will align right when there are 10 or more items in the list.
You don't need to insert tabs, you set everything in the "Bullet and Number Position" section of the bullets -and-numbering tab. These values work for 10 points Minion:
Left indent: 6 pt
First line indent 6 pt
Tab position: 18 pt
Peter -- Thank you for taking the time to answer my question.