I have a paragraph that looks like this:

NN TitleA TitleB [alt-tab character to push to the right] [an image]

Then in the paragraph style I set the first word, which is always a number to characterStyle A. After the first word I set the characterStyle B, which includes the

TitleA TitleB [alt-tab character to push to the right] [an image]

part. But this is not what I need. I need characterStyle B only for

TitleA TitleB

and characterStyle C to the

[alt-tab character to push to the right] [an image]


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    So what is the question, exactly? How to do this automatically? How to find it using GREP? Feb 20, 2013 at 16:04
  • yes, I don't know how to write a regexp... :s In my need it would be the alt-tab char not included in any charStyle
    – Totty.js
    Feb 20, 2013 at 16:11
  • @Totty you don't need to code regex 99% of the time, it's got a handy tool where you choose bits of logic from drop down lists. Feb 20, 2013 at 17:11
  • p.s. please clarify the alt-tab / shift-tab thing Feb 20, 2013 at 17:16
  • I don't know, try to write "aa" then shift-tab and then type "bb". You will see that the "aa" is on the left and "bb" aligned to the right. I've seen this in some lynda tutorials 3 years ago
    – Totty.js
    Feb 21, 2013 at 9:05

1 Answer 1


You may assign your second Character style to be applied up to 1 Tab Character like this:

enter image description here

and apply your third Character style as the paragraph default (i.e. set the paragraph formatting equal to the formatting of Character Style C).

Now, to exclude the Shift+Tab character from the process, if your text boxes all have equal widths, you can use a simple Tab character - go to the Tabs panel of the paragraph style, click on the ruler, drag the newly appeared tab arrow to the right of the white area and click the Right-jusified tab button. Now a simple tab character will align your images to the right of the paragraph.

  • doesnt work :s with a real tab it works but not with an alt-tab tab..
    – Totty.js
    Feb 20, 2013 at 16:43
  • how to set the default style
    – Totty.js
    Feb 20, 2013 at 16:46
  • I think the problem is still with the tab vs alt-tab (still didn't figured out how to apply a default character style, by paragraph style)
    – Totty.js
    Feb 20, 2013 at 16:48
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    By default character style I mean simply set all the paragraph formatting identical to your Character style C. And what exactly is an Alt+Tab character? As far as I can guess this is a Mac shortcut for "Indent to Here" - if it's really so, then it's selectable in the Nested Styles window as well.
    – Const
    Feb 20, 2013 at 16:55
  • shift-tab, excuse me!
    – Totty.js
    Feb 20, 2013 at 16:57

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