Symbols indentation

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Hello, people! Does anyone know how to easily indent different symbols list? I want to align the symbols right and the text left (hope not using table).

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Adobe Community Professional , Jul 22, 2022 Jul 22, 2022

We use a figure space to push single digit numbers over to the right.

 

  1. Make a Paragraph Style for the numbers 1-9.
  2. In the Bullets/Numbering settings, insert a Figure Space just before the /# placeholder.
     Insert a Figure Space before the  /# placeholder.Insert a Figure Space before the /# placeholder.
     NumLists_FigureSpace_02.png
  3. Apply it to the first 9 items in the list.
  4. Make a complimentary paragraph style to format 2-digit lists, but this time leave out the figure space.
  5. Apply the new style to the remaining items in the list.

Make second style without the figure space.Make second style without the figure sp

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Adobe Community Professional , Jul 22, 2022 Jul 22, 2022

Yes, and I've used two different styles for this kind of alignment, in TOCs etc.

 

But all these workarounds would be unnecessary if the setup simply let us put a tab in the prefix of lists, footnotes, etc. I can't imagine there's an important (unsolvable) reason for this rule; it seems very arbitrary. It's just another white space, after all, and prefixes and suffixes both support WS.

 

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Jul 22, 2022 Jul 22, 2022

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Unfortunately, ID does not support a leading tab for footnotes. It's my preference, too, to right-align the reference marks (and numbers in lists, etc.) and then left-align the text. Other than specifying a fixed negative first line indent, I haven't found a way to align note symbols this way, at least, automatically.

 

You can define tabs/indents for the footnote style and then manually tab in the symbol on each. That's as close to an automatic solution as I know of, short of GREP styles or a script.

 

(Could a GREP style be used to insert a leading tab? Hmm.)

 

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We use a figure space to push single digit numbers over to the right.

 

  1. Make a Paragraph Style for the numbers 1-9.
  2. In the Bullets/Numbering settings, insert a Figure Space just before the /# placeholder.
     Insert a Figure Space before the  /# placeholder.Insert a Figure Space before the /# placeholder.
     NumLists_FigureSpace_02.png
  3. Apply it to the first 9 items in the list.
  4. Make a complimentary paragraph style to format 2-digit lists, but this time leave out the figure space.
  5. Apply the new style to the remaining items in the list.

Make second style without the figure space.Make second style without the figure space.

 

Adobe should let us align the position of bullets/numbers in lists.

But I think pigs will fly before they give us that feature!

 

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Yes, and I've used two different styles for this kind of alignment, in TOCs etc.

 

But all these workarounds would be unnecessary if the setup simply let us put a tab in the prefix of lists, footnotes, etc. I can't imagine there's an important (unsolvable) reason for this rule; it seems very arbitrary. It's just another white space, after all, and prefixes and suffixes both support WS.

 

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