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Indents

Horizontal alignment depends entirely on where the left and right margins are. In a column of text, the margins are usually at the edges of the text box (or of the column, in a multicolumn text box). However, you may want the first line of every paragraph to be indented slightly. Or you might want the left or right margin to be somewhere other than the edge of the column. You control each of these by changing the values for paragraph indents.

Tip

Watch the Text Inset. The default text inset for text boxes is one point, so your text will automatically be indented one point from each side of the box. Make sure to change the value in the Modify dialog box (Command-M) if you don't want the 1-point indent.

The best way to avoid this default problem is to close all documents, and double-click the Text Box tool. This brings up the Tool tab of the Preferences dialog box, where you can click the Modify button to change the Text Inset to zero. A text inset of zero sometimes makes the text a little hard to read on screen, because it bounces up against the side of the box; so you may or may not want to do this.

Note that some XTensions let you set the Text Inset differently for each side of the box: top, bottom, left, and right.



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