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Tab Stops in InDesign Tables

Mercier wrote:

is there a way without using indent to align table text in a column on "," or "."

Absolutely! InDesign's tables are sneaky because they pay attention to tab stops even if you don't have a tab character in there.

For example, you can just select a whole row in a table, open the Tabs palette (Command-shift-T/Ctrl-Shift-T), click the Decimal Align tab stop, and click in the palette's ruler. This ensures that all the decimal points in that row will align -- again, even if there are no tabs at all in the cells! 

Before: No tabs in the cell

Table Tabs 1

After: Decimal tab stop aligns the numbers properly

Table Tabs 2

If you're in Europe and want to use commas instead of points, select the tab stop in the Tabs palette and change the Align On field to a comma.

David Blatner
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54 Comments on “Tab Stops in InDesign Tables

  1. Hi there.

    Like skybluem, I’m trying to align large numbers (with two stops) like
    1.229
    102.864
    7.075
    2.140.753
    2.251.921
    in Indesign CS6.

    Thanks to the tip regarding OpenType > Tabular Lining from the Character Panel menu from David I am able to align them almost perfectly. However upon closer inspection I can see that the second . is not aligned perfectly like it should. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks

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