Indent to Here

Let's say you are working on a poster in InDesign and you have something that looks like this:

Wouldn't it be great to line all that type up under the "S" in "Someplace..." Shown here with "Show Hidden Characters" turned on.

Wouldn't it be great to line all that type up under the "S" in "Someplace..." Shown here with "Show Hidden Characters" turned on.

You want the text on the right to align neatly. There are lots of ways to accomplish this, but the easiest is the "Indent to Here" character. You find it under Type > Insert Special Character > Other > Indent to Here. (If you prefer keyboard shortcuts like I do, it's Command - \.) This awesome invisible marker wraps everything underneath it back to that character.

The "Indent to Here" character is signified by the cross symbol when you turn on "Show Hidden Characters."

The "Indent to Here" character is signified by the cross symbol when you turn on "Show Hidden Characters."

It's handy when there is only one or two lines to do. With lots of lines or complex lists, there are, of course, better ways to handle the indent. I find that I tend to use it most often on posters, fliers or invitations.

This is the fourth tip is what will be an ongoing series of Wednesday Quick Tips on Adobe products. I've set up a page in the main navigation to summarize all of them. Hope you find them helpful.