3 Replies Latest reply on Feb 3, 2012 2:50 PM by Jantus94

    How to create pointed lines between two textboxes?

    Jantus94

      I'm creating a book, which is written by multiple persons and so i want to create a "chapter............author"

       

      like this:

       

       

      chapter 1.................................Jon Doe

      chapter2 .................................Simon Harper

       

       

      so that these dots always have the same distance.

      please help!

        • 1. Re: How to create pointed lines between two textboxes?
          Rik Ramsay Level 4

          If you type in "Chapter 1" then hit tab, followed by the author, you can select the text, open up tabs (cmd/ctrl+shift+T) and adjust the spacing between the 2 sections. In the 'leader' box add a period and that will fill the tab space with some dots. See image attached. You can select all the text in one-go and do this for the lot - saves you doing it individually.

          Tab_leader.jpg

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          • 2. Re: How to create pointed lines between two textboxes?
            Joel Cherney Adobe Community Professional & MVP

            Well, if your "chapter" and your "jon doe" are in separate text boxes, then there's no easy way to do it. (You could draw a bunch of dotted lines, that's not hard, but the only way to standardize would be to manually drag lines around.)

             

            However, if "chapter" and "jon doe" are in the same text box, separated by a tab, then it's pretty easy. Have you used a tab ruler before? Give this a try:

             

            1) Type up a brief sample in a text box like the one in your post, but instead of separating the columns with dots, just use a single tab

            2) Select all text

            3) Go to Type -> Tabs   

            4) I hope this looks familiar to you (probably from MS Word, or perhpas from <gasp> using a typewriter) but if not,

            4a) Click once on the ruler to insert a tab stop

            4b) type a period in the "leader" box, and

            4c) hit Tab or Enter to confirm

             

            FYI, that's what you want, a "leader" or a "dot leader." Knowing that it's called a "leader" will help you find it in InDesign's Help.

            • 3. Re: How to create pointed lines between two textboxes?
              Jantus94 Level 1

              Wow, quick and good help! thanks a lot