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Need to align decimal without making a list or a table

Explorer ,
Aug 18, 2022 Aug 18, 2022

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Hi All,

I have a list of illustration in a table of contents. I do not want to put this list in a table nor do I want to make an actual list. But I do want the decimals to line up. I have tried creating a paragraph style to do this but it doesn't seem to work. I can easily put the tabs where I want but not the decimal point. This will be clear when you look at the screenshot. I want the decimal points to line up on the green guideline.

Thanks,

Tom

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Advisor , Aug 18, 2022 Aug 18, 2022

There is a tabstop with decimal point - you'd have to put it as a 1st tabstop and add "regular" tab character at the beginning of each line.

 

https://helpx.adobe.com/uk/indesign/using/tabs-indents.html

 

First screenshot - "A", 4th/last icon from the left . 

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Aug 18, 2022 Aug 18, 2022

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There is a tabstop with decimal point - you'd have to put it as a 1st tabstop and add "regular" tab character at the beginning of each line.

 

https://helpx.adobe.com/uk/indesign/using/tabs-indents.html

 

First screenshot - "A", 4th/last icon from the left . 

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Aug 18, 2022 Aug 18, 2022

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If this list is generated as a TOC, you can't have a leading tab. (Huge and annoying oversight, IMO.)

 

But a tab could be put in manually, after list generation.

 


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Explorer ,
Aug 18, 2022 Aug 18, 2022

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The instructions from Adobe are often harder to decipher than hieroglyphics. I accidently found the solution. In order to get a decimal point at the beginning of a line to line up, one must put a tab at the beginning of the line. See the screenshot.

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Problem solved!

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Community Expert ,
Aug 19, 2022 Aug 19, 2022

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I believe that is what @Robert Tkaczyk said.

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It's also how nearly every word app works. I used "decimal tabs" in Wordperfect...

 


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