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How can I change the default TAB length (^t) of 13 mm in the TOC of InDesign documents?

Community Beginner ,
Oct 27, 2021 Oct 27, 2021

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In my TOC page numbers are before titles. After the page number I inserted a TAB (^t), which produces a distance of 13 mm - a bit to much for my taste. I was unable to find a way to change this distance.

Is there any possibility?

 

Thanks

 

Bernd

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You need to make a paragraph style for your Table of Contents - there you can set the Tab distances.

And then apply the TOC styles when setting up your TOC.

 

https://helpx.adobe.com/ca/indesign/using/creating-table-contents.html

 

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Hello Eugene,

thanks for your answer. I tryed this immediately. Unfortunately it didn’t work, because the TAB distance defined in my paragraph style for the TOC shifted the page numbers and the titles together. There was no influence on the distance between numbers and text.
 
Best regards
 
Bernd

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Can you post a screen shot of the TOC and your settings, please.

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I uploaded 2 screenshots of TOC and settings

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Can you show your Paragraph settings, specifically the tabs, indents, and numbering sections?

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In none of my Paragraph settings are any tabs, indents, or numberings

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You HAVE to set a tab in your TOC paragraph style. Otherwise InDesign will default to 0.5 inch/13mm. 

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Select the text, and set a tab stop with Type > Tabs. Redefine the style after you are satisfied with the position. Remember that tab stops are controlled by arrows, and indents are controlled by the triangles. It sounds like you moved a triangle earlier.

 

~Barb

 

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I did what you proposed and it worked!

Thanks a lot

Bernd

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Terrific! Glad we could help.

 

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