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Can't select right indent in tabs panel.

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I am trying to create dot leader tabs in InDesign for a program. When I open tabs and click right indent arrow in the upper left corner of the Tabs window it won't allow me to select it. It becomes dark gray when I roll over it but does nothing when I click it. Is there something I am missing or that I should be doing?

I think I figured it out. I was able to access the right justify arrow in the paragraph style.

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Can't select right indent in tabs panel.

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I am trying to create dot leader tabs in InDesign for a program. When I open tabs and click right indent arrow in the upper left corner of the Tabs window it won't allow me to select it. It becomes dark gray when I roll over it but does nothing when I click it. Is there something I am missing or that I should be doing?

I think I figured it out. I was able to access the right justify arrow in the paragraph style.

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Let's make sure you're doing the steps correctly. Here's a diagram of the three steps to make tab leaders:

Screen Shot 2019-04-16 at 3.16.38 PM.png

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And before that, you actually need a tab character in the text like this:

Tabs.png

And the text has to be selected before the first steps I showed you. You can see that the text is highlighted.

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Well, I did the steps up to step 3. I can't select the right justified tab.

1. Inserted a tab character.

2. Selected the text.

3. The problem starts when I attempt to select right justified tab.

I was hoping there was something I was overlooking. Ever heard of this before?

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I could be a general InDesign problem: Two common troubleshooting methods:

(1) If it only happens in one file, the file may be corrupted. You need to save it as IDML and reopen the IDML file:

Clean corrupt files by exporting to .IDML or .INX

(2) If it happens in more than one file, try restoring your InDesign preferences (section on Restoring Preferences):

Set preferences in Adobe InDesign

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Completed (1). I saved as IDML and still could not select right justified tab.

Completed (2) I held down shift>control>option>command while opening InDesign, then clicked "yes" to clear preferences. The problem still occurred.

Do you think I should uninstall and reinstall the software?

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It's pretty easy to uninstall and reinstall InDesign. I'd try that.

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Trying that now. Do you think the next best thing is to contact support if it still doesn't work?

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Of course, that is worth a try.

Let's also see what other ideas pop up here on the forum.

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You could also post a copy of the text you're having problems with and post so it could be downloaded from a server (like Creative Cloud files or Dropbox) so others can test it out.

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Here is a copy of the block of text  I am working with:

Microsoft OneDrive - Access files anywhere. Create docs with free Office Online.

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I think I figured it out. I was able to access the right justify arrow in the paragraph style.

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Let us know if you need any more help, Good luck.

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Thanks so much!

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Hi,

I actually have the same problem and I did solve it the same way as GMDS_Learner did; however, I am still wondering why the Tab bar doesn't work. I used to work with the Tab bar for the TOCs because it is quite confortable and a straight way to get job done, but sudently it didn't work anymore. Am I missing something?

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