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Help a beginner make a pretty map index?

Community Beginner ,
Sep 24, 2020

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I'm looking to create a map index that looks something like this: Map.jpg

I already have the map created, and I have the index created in excel as well. What I would really like to do is to replicate what this map maker has done and to have the streetname and the grid pages to be an equal number distance appart and separated by repeating periods. Is that possible in indesign? If not, are you aware of another method I could use to accomplish this? 

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Select the table, and in the Table menu, choose Convert Table to Text

You will get the option to choose tabs for column separators, and Paragraph returns for row separators. 

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Help a beginner make a pretty map index?

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I'm looking to create a map index that looks something like this: Map.jpg

I already have the map created, and I have the index created in excel as well. What I would really like to do is to replicate what this map maker has done and to have the streetname and the grid pages to be an equal number distance appart and separated by repeating periods. Is that possible in indesign? If not, are you aware of another method I could use to accomplish this? 

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Correct answer by SJRiegel | Adobe Community Professional

Select the table, and in the Table menu, choose Convert Table to Text

You will get the option to choose tabs for column separators, and Paragraph returns for row separators. 

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Set a right-faced tab stop at the end of the line, and type a period in the Leader box in the tab panel.

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Does this work if I am working within a table? I can't seem to get it to set a tab. 

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This is what it looks like for me. Clicking on anything in the tabs window does nothing. 

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Well. I figured out how to add the leaders, however it is pretty much confined to the cell. I'm guessing it is a limitation of working with a table? Is there a way to convert a table to tab separated text? Seems like it might be a lot easier to format that way. Here is what I have now:

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Select the table, and in the Table menu, choose Convert Table to Text

You will get the option to choose tabs for column separators, and Paragraph returns for row separators. 

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You are my hero. This was the trick I was missing. I'm halfway through making a pretty map index now! Thank you!

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I'm glad to be of help.

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