Setting Indents, Margins, and Columns

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You can define the indents and margins for the current paragraph, or for all selected paragraphs, using the mouse.

If you split the page into columns, or the cursor is placed in a multiple-column text frame, you can change the column width and the column spacing by dragging them on the ruler with the mouse.

When an object, an image, or a draw object is selected, you will see the borders of the object in the ruler. You can change the borders by dragging them on the ruler with the mouse.

If the cursor is placed in a table cell, you can change the indents for the contents of the cell by dragging them with the mouse on the ruler. You can change the boundary lines of the table on the ruler or by dragging the actual boundary line.

Icon
These icons mark the left indent for the first line of the current paragraph (top triangle) and the left indent for the other lines of the paragraph (bottom triangle).
Icon
This icon on the right of the ruler marks the right indent of the current paragraph.
Task Procedure
Set left indent Drag the bottom left mark to the right while pressing the mouse button
Set left indent of first line Drag the top left mark to the right while pressing the mouse button
Set right indent Drag the mark on the right to the left while pressing the mouse button
Tip.png In order to change the left indent starting with the second line of a paragraph, hold down the Ctrl key, click the triangle on the bottom left, and drag it to the right.
Note.png Tabs that have been set are not changed when indenting a paragraph. If the set tabs end up outside the margins of the paragraph, they are no longer displayed, but they still exist.