Tip of the Week: Tabs Panel Tips
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Did you know that you can use InDesign’s Tabs panel for more than just working with tab stops? You can use it to adjust paragraph indents too.
Start by putting your cursor in a text frame, and in press Command+Shift+T/Ctrl+Shift+T to open the Tabs panel.
The controls for adjusting indents are the triangles on the sides of the ruler.
On the left are two tiny triangles stacked on top of one another. The top one controls the first line indent. The bottom one controls the left indent. You can tell which one you have selected by a highlight color.
If you drag the bottom, you’ll move both triangles (and both the left and first line indents). If you drag the top, you’ll move just the first line indent. If you want to move the left indent independently, hold Shift as you drag the bottom triangle.
On the right side of the ruler is a single triangle you can click and drag to control the right indent.
If you don’t see this triangle, click the magnet button or drag the right side of the Tabs panel to make it larger.
If you want to reset all indents to zero (left, right, and first line), go to the panel menu and choose Reset Indents.