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TABLE OF CONTENT CUSTOMIZATION. TITLE LINES ALIGNMENT

Community Beginner ,
Jan 10, 2024 Jan 10, 2024

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Good afternoon everyone, 

 

When customizing a Table of content, does anyone know how to align when you have several lines when the automatic numbering is on ( see second image below) ? Many thanks!!

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Community Expert , Jan 10, 2024 Jan 10, 2024

Your screen capture shows what appears to be a "hanging indent" design:  That is, the frst line's page number is "hanging" outside in the left margin and the remaining text is aligned underneath it, indented.

 

This part of the TOC is controlled by the settings in the Paragraph Style's indents /margins settings and tab stops. It's similar to how we set a style for hanging bullets and other lists.

 

Here's what I think you're trying to achieve (ignore the different fonts and sizes):

The final appearance of the TOC entries.The final app

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Your screen capture shows what appears to be a "hanging indent" design:  That is, the frst line's page number is "hanging" outside in the left margin and the remaining text is aligned underneath it, indented.

 

This part of the TOC is controlled by the settings in the Paragraph Style's indents /margins settings and tab stops. It's similar to how we set a style for hanging bullets and other lists.

 

Here's what I think you're trying to achieve (ignore the different fonts and sizes):

The final appearance of the TOC entries.The final appearance of the TOC entries.

 

Because you have 3 different levels of TOC entries, each with a different font size and alignment, you'll need to build 3 different Paragraph Styles: TOC L-1, TOC L-2 and TOC L-3. You can see mine in the Paragraph Styles panel.

 

L-1 has the hanging page number and it's created using a back-dent or outdent — where the left margin is indented and the first line is a negative of that indent.

Left Margin Indent for all 3 TOC paragraph styles.Left Margin Indent for all 3 TOC paragraph styles.

First-line back-dent.First-line back-dent.

 

See #1 and #2 below. Notice the negative sign in #2.

Set the negative back-dent to "hang" the page number in the margin.Set the negative back-dent to "hang" the page number in the margin.

 

L1 also has a tab stop set to match the left margin indent:

Tab stop completes all the alignment settings for L-1.Tab stop completes all the alignment settings for L-1.

 

L-2 and L-3 are similar, except they:

  • Don't have the first line's back-dent, just the left margin indent.
  • They have a right-aligned tab stop at the far right end of the paragraph (or edge of the text frame).

 

Here are the tab stops for all 3 styles:

Tabs and tab stops.Tabs and tab stops.

 

 

Hope this helps!

 

 

 

 

 

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Exactly what i needed! Thanks a lot for the help! 🙂

 

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That's wonderful!

Glad to help.

 

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