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I have versions CS4 through CS6. I have a nice numbered list and I'd like to align things. Is there any way to set up tabs rather than letterspacing or splitting the text into separate layers?

(I can recreate the text in Illustrator and import it, but I'd like to know if I can do this task in one program.)

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Unfortunately, no. Photoshop offers no "tab" function.

You can hit tab, but it inputs an arbitrary space which can not be changed.

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Add a tab (not a space) after each number then line up the text to your specification using Indent Left Margin AND match the value used but as a negative for the Indent First Line. This works for InDesign, too.

Indent Left Margin = 10mm 
Indent First Line = -10mm
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Doing this for me doesn't seem to do anything. I think I'm doing it wrong. –  Johannes Jan 27 at 23:02

Set the text in Illustrator using their tab ruler. Photoshop will obey tabs set in Illustrator, but Photoshop does not have a tab ruler.

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I found this when making a bullet point list. Stick in a bullet point ALT:0149

Chuck in a normal space then get the text to line up using Indent Left Margin to whatever your desire then match the value in the negative for the Indent First Line

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That's nice for a bulleted list, but I have a numbered list. Also, you're still letterspacing to some degree, because the space between 1. and 10. is not the same. –  Lauren Ipsum Nov 15 '13 at 18:37

Although this is exactly what I would tell someone NOT to do in any other program, within Photoshop, it appears that many fonts' space character is exactly the same width across multiple lines.

As such, you can put in your bullet, add two spaces and your list text. Repeat for each line (using the same number of spaces after the bullet). In my testing (with mostly common, sans-serif fonts), the spaces are almost always – to-the-pixel – the same width.

Makes things easy. In ANY other program, this would be a massive no-no, as in most text editors/word processors the width of a space is determined by the rest of the content in that line, thus it's not the same across every line.

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