Can you align time on a colon using tabs within a table

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Is it possible to set up tabs within the cell of a table in order to align times by their colon? I've attached an image. Right now I have the times centered, but I think it would be easier to read if the times were aligned by the colons. Any suggestions?

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Mentor , Nov 29, 2016 Nov 29, 2016
Actually, there's no need to enter tabs at the beginning of each line. Just define tabs in ParaStyle (Use Barb's or Jane's suggestion) and apply that style to the cells with timing:Note the columns in the last cell are not aligned because there is no ParaEnd mark after 10:30-.Insert it - and columns will align (because PStyle is applied). No need for actual tabs!Edit: Argh, I mean colon, not column...

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Nov 29, 2016 Nov 29, 2016

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Sure. Add a decimal tab stop and change Align On to a colon.

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But you do need a leading tab in front of the times.

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this is too genius! I love simple solutions to a complex questions!

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One way is to use tabs. I hope someone else has another way using GREP.

Align to a decimal tab

Align on: to a colon

Press tab character at start of each line (hard or soft return)

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Actually, there's no need to enter tabs at the beginning of each line. Just define tabs in ParaStyle (Use Barb's or Jane's suggestion) and apply that style to the cells with timing:

align.PNG

Note the columns in the last cell are not aligned because there is no ParaEnd mark after 10:30-.

Insert it - and columns will align (because PStyle is applied). No need for actual tabs!

Edit: Argh, I mean colon, not column...

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Thank you to everyone who answered my question. I'm feeling kind of silly after realizing how easy that was. All suggestions work well.

I actually have never been comfortable with Paragraph styles, so I was a little worried that I wouldn't be able to figure it out, but the screen shots were very helpful. Thank you all!

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Never feel silly, Amber—this is not as well known as you might think.

And I forgot that you don't need the tab itself, although I was doing it in Word years before InDesign was born!

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We love to help!

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