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Chapter 23. Paragraph Formatting > Working with Tabs

Working with Tabs

Unlike QuarkXPress, which affixes a temporary ruler at the top of the text box whenever the Tab dialog box is open, InDesign’s Tabs feature uses a palette. To work with tabs in InDesign, open the Tabs palette by choosing Tabs from the Type menu (or press Command-Shift-T/Ctrl-Shift-T; see Figure 23-2, earlier in this chapter). If you want the ruler to align with the text frame, change your view to show the top of the text frame at its full width, select the frame with the Selection tool or the Type tool, and then click the magnet button on the right side of the palette. The palette should jump into position at the top of the frame. However, note that you don’t have to align the ruler in order set tab stops.

Creating Tab Stops

To add a tab stop, first select the paragraphs which you want to affect (either use the Type tool to select one or more paragraphs or use the Selection tool to choose an unlinked text frame). Next, click one of the four tab alignment buttons in the Tabs palette to set the alignment of the tab stop. Then do one of the following:


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