I have a table of content that currently looks like this:

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However, I am trying to add leading dots between the title and the corresponding page number. Here's what my Table of Contents... dialog looks like:

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But I'm not sure where to define that leading dot. I tried adding a dot in the Between Entry and Page Number field but it didn't help. Any idea?

Update: On Scott's recommendation below, I tried adding the "dot" character to the Tabs dialog of the Paragraph Style option but it didn't yield any difference. This is what I did:

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3 Answers 3


Add the leaders to the tabs Not in the TOC dialog, in the Style dialog.

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  • I tried it but am not sure how to go about it. I added the dot in the Leader field for each of the 4 "arrow" buttons on top. But nothing is showing. I didn't enter anything in the X and Align On field as those are the fields I don't understand. Updated the question with a screenshot of my Tabs dialog.
    – TheLearner
    Commented Jun 21, 2015 at 13:15
  • You need to alter the A Chapter Title style based upon your screenshot. The x field is the position of the tab from the left side. The Align on field is used if you want the tab to align text on a marker, like a dollar sign or decimal or something like that.
    – Scott
    Commented Jun 21, 2015 at 13:20
  • @AmitSchandillia Your style screenshot shows no tabs You can't have a leader if there's no tab to follow it. You need to add a tab on the right side. Take another look at my screenshot... see that right aligned tab in it??
    – Scott
    Commented Jun 21, 2015 at 13:22

In the table of contents set-up, you've got ^y instead of ^t in the "Between Entry and Number" field. I don't know if this is your only problem, but the Indesign Reference Manual (updated as of June 15, 2015) suggests this.


As Scott wrote, you need to change the Paragraph Style you set to the TOC entries. Since you find it difficult, have a look to this step-by-step guide (see the "Put dots between the entries and their page numbers" section)

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