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Indents and bullets in InDesign

New Here ,
May 27, 2021 May 27, 2021

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Hi all, I've been tasked to format an InDesign document from scratch for our new flyers and I cannot for the life of me work out what is going on with the bullets. I have managed to work out how to reduce the space between the bullet and first-line text and am now happy with its placement, but I have no idea how the hell you change the second line so that it can be in line with the first. 

 

I have been struggling to understand the left indent and first-line indent... but I think I get these now. Any help would be greatly appreciated!! I've tried to circle what I want to change and showed my current settings.

 

I also need to change the colour of the bullet... so if you have any guidance on that it would be great!

 

Thank you in advance. 

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 27, 2021 May 27, 2021

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I've moved this from the Using the Community forum (which is the forum for issues using the forums) to the InDesignn forum so that proper help can be offered.

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Ah thank you so much Peru Bob! Sorry, how can I access the InDesign forum?

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Thank you so much, you're a super star!

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To properly align the text, the left indent value and the first line indent must be the exact opposite, like 5 mm and -5 mm. I recommend you to not use a tab, but an em space or an en space. To change the colour of the bullet, create a character style and choose it in the Character style field.

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Oh my goodness jmlevy you are a legend! Thank you so much!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 27, 2021 May 27, 2021

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Yes, getting the desired result by entering measurements in those fields can be confounding. If you're willing to sort of start over, I'll show you a more "visual" method you might find easier.

With simple text selected, call the Bullets and Number dialog, and set the List: menu to Bullets

You'll get the following, with the Tab Position defaulting to 12.7 mm

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If you want bullets at your colum edge the set the Left Indent to where you want all lines to be, not counting bullets. 

Set First Line Indent to minus value of Left Indent.
Example:

Left Indent = 5

First Line indent -5

Remove Tab position. In original post the Tab position is less than the left indent which is causing the problem

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 27, 2021 May 27, 2021

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For now, just Click OK.

With the text still selected, call the Tabs ruler (Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+T)

Hold down Shift and click/drag the lower (second-line) indent marker to the right to set the desired distance-from-bullet and line up both indents:

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After that, you can tune the indents by adjusting the entries in the Bullets & Numbering dialog, or Indents and Spacing, and base a paragraph style on the selection so it's easily replicated elsewhere.

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