Adjust position of tabbed text?

Hi everyone. I haven't been able to find a setting for this in the paragraph formatting dialog box, and searching the discussions yields no answers related to my question, so I thought I'd reach out to all of you. :)

Is there a way to adjust the positioning of tabbed text? By this, I mean, if I want to insert a tab to shift text to the right by 0.25" or 0.5". In word processing tools like Word, you can adjust this distance, but I can find no way to adjust it in Storyline.

Context: I'm showing a key for an activity--that is, a bulleted list with a code and its definition. Each code and definition in the list are separated by a tab for cleaner formatting than a bunch of spaces, but I need the tab to be a smaller distance than Storyline's default. 



3 Replies
dave faldasz

Hi Lisa!

I played around with it and could only find the individual tab adjustment, for the one line. Sounds like a feature request is in order.  Format Painter does not let you copy the indent like it does in Word. Word also lets you do a "special indentation" and set as default...

Anyone out there have a shortcut Band-Aid solution?

Lisa Spirko

Hi David and Lauren, thank you for your responses!

I actually know how to adjust margins, but it doesn't help in my particular case because I'm trying to insert a tab between a code and its definition in a defined code set (i.e., a key), so that the definitions are cleanly aligned, like this:

  • A1    <<super huge tab>>    Blah blah definition
  • A2    <<super huge tab>>    Blah blah definition

Since the code sets are small (intended to be an aid in a hands-on activity) and the tab is super huge, a definition longer than a few words ends up wrapping to the next line like this:

  • A1    <<super huge tab>>    Blah blah blah blah

blah definition

  • A2    <<super huge tab>>    Blah blah blah definition

I ended up working around it by inserting a soft paragraph return where the line wraps, and then inserting another tab like this:

  • A1    <<super huge tab>>    Blah blah blah blah <<soft return>>
    <<super huge tab>>             blah definition
  • A2    <<super huge tab>>    Blah blah blah definition

This seems like an OK workaround, but it would be nice if Articulate would allow us to adjust tab distance. I seem to be pretty much ignored when I submit feature requests (sad to say it, but even bugs from years ago still haven't been fixed), and since the workaround seems okay, it almost doesn't seem to be worth the effort of submitting a request. However, if anyone else thinks it's worth it, let me know and I'll get around to it.