I want to create a list style where there is custom text in the front and then a text with some offset so it looks like:

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The example here is made by hand (With tab on every line). Which is very stupid because I lose all the - at the end of the unfinished words.

How would I have to create a text style wich makes this possible. I assume this is some sort of list style with a prefix? Or is this not possible automatically?

Thank you

  • Not very clear, can u please tell me if you used 2 columns here or u depended throughout on tabs?
    – Mamoon
    Jan 10, 2016 at 11:13
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    Indent, with a negative indent on the first line, ought to be enough.
    – Jongware
    Jan 10, 2016 at 12:10
  • Yeah these are two columns. But what I mean is the indent between th year numbers and the text.
    – KSPR
    Jan 11, 2016 at 7:28
  • Why is this downvoted? This is a legit question. Maybe the formulation isn't the best but nonetheless I'd say this is valid.
    – KSPR
    Jan 12, 2016 at 8:53

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Try using indents as seen in my image below. Basicly you need a value in the Left indent field (15mm in my example, but feel free to play with this), then the same but negative value in the First Line Left indent field. And you need to manually insert a Tab character between your blocks.

The 15/-15mm values can be included in your Paragraph style, however you will need to insert the Tabs by hand, or via GREP Find/Replace if you have many Tabs to insert.

Losing all the - at the end of the unfinished words: i assume this means hyphenation, in which case i don't see how this relates to your formatting question. This will be a separate formatting issue which you need to consider when building your styles. Personally i will always avoid hyphenation unless the client really insists on using it.

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Try using Tabs.

Here's how they work. https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/using/tabs-indents.html

There's an example which is pretty close to what you're trying to achieve.

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