Aligning Punctuation in Numbered Lists

“How do I align the periods in a numbered lists?” I’ve seen a variation of this question asked repeatedly in user forums. Here’s an example of one such forum thread.

If you’re wondering how to align the periods in a numbered list. It’s your lucky day. Here’s a video tutorial that explains the tricky workaround.

If you don’t have time for the video, click below to see pictures.

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See how the periods don’t line up after the numbers? The simple answer is to use right alignment and increase the First Line Indent value by increments until the numbering is aligned.Here are the detailed steps:1. Select the numbered paragraphs.2. Alt/Option-click the Numbered List button in the Control panel.3. In the Bullets & Numbering dialog box, select Preview.4. Choose Right from the Alignment menu.5. Increase the Left Indent value to create a buffer.6. Increase the First Line Indent value gradually until the periods are aligned.

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Of course, if your numbering goes past 100, you’ll have to add even more space. This same method works when you’re editing a paragraph style that uses numbering.

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