Building a Template for Tabbed Documents in InDesign
My work is niche: I create captain’s manuals for custom yachts, which are delivered in binders with tab dividers marking many sections of complex technical material (Figure 1). Whatever niche your InDesign work fills, you might have a similar need to deliver custom tab sets occasionally—or regularly. In this article, I’ll show you how I do it by building a template that leverages some of InDesign’s most powerful long-document features. I’ll also discuss the sometimes-harsh realities of getting tabs printed, so you’ll know everything involved in this kind of project.. . . .
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Kelly, this is a great tutorial, and I would love to make it work for my workflow, but how do you deal with a label that has too many characters and gets scrunched because it is a text variable?
Hi Melise, In that case, you likely need to expand the text variable so that it is live text. Alternatively, you could use two text variables for your long tab text: Line 1 and Line 2.