Setting Tabs in PageMaker

Pagemaker allows very flexible tab settings. If required, each individual line of a document can be given different tab settings. There is only ever a need for one tab character to be entered between fields in Pagemaker because you can set the tab positions to exactly where you need them to be.

To set tabs in Pagemaker, first select the text to which the tab settings are to be applied. If no text is selected then the tab settings will be applied to the line containing the text cursor.

From the Type menu select the Indents/Tabs option or hold down the Ctrl key and press the I key on the keyboard to achieve the same result. The Tabs/Indents Control Window will then appear.

Tabs/Indents Control Window

The small arrow buttons at the left hand end represent the different types of tabs that can be inserted. The top row contains the left tab and right tab while the bottom row contains the centre tab and decimal tab. These indicate the way that the text will be aligned on the tab and one easy way to apply them is to click on the type of tab required with the mouse and then click again in the white location bar where you want the tab to go.

The more accurate way to precisely position a tab is to type in the position where you want the tab to go in the text box next to the position button and then use that button to select whether to add, delete, move, or repeat the tab at that position.

You can select leader characters to be displayed leading up to the tab position by either selecting the type of leader required by using the Leader button or by typing your custom leader into the adjacent text box. Standard leaders that can be selected are dots, dashes, or underscores.

The right hand end of the Tabs/Indents bar contains the Reset button which clears any changes that you have made but leaves the bar open, the OK button which applies your changes and closes the bar, the Apply button which applies your changes but leaves the bar open, and the Cancel button which clears any changes you have made and closes the bar.


This article written by Stephen Chapman, Felgall Pty Ltd.

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