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Creating a number list in InDesign is fairly straightforward, but there are some potential problem areas. So let me just point out the issues involved. I want to make this track listing on the left look like what we have here on the right. So this is my starting point. Let's zoom in, and I'm going to select it and then come to my Bullets and Numbered Lists icons. When you hold down the Alt key you can click on either one of these, and you come to the same place which is the Bullets and Numbering dialog box. List Type is obviously numbers and with the Preview check box on we can see what we're going to get, and we need to make few changes to it.
I don't want the period off to the number. That's redundant. So I'm going to remove that. I can choose a different numbering style if I wish. What's problematic about the list that we have is that we have single-digit and double-digit numbers, and having them aligned on the right-hand side is going to be a little bit tricky. One way we can do that is change the format. If we go with double-digit numbers problem solved, but perhaps we don't want to do that. So how can we get our numbers to align on the right-hand side? Well, this has to do with the alignments of the bullet or number position.
I'm going to change that to Right, and nothing happens until I next put in a Left Indent amount. Now figuring on a point size of 11 points I'm going to start out with a left indent of 11 points and see where that takes me. I'll press the Tab key to move down to the next field, and yep, that looks good. What I now need to do is not do anything with the First Line Indent in this case, because we're aligning the number right, but instead change the Tab Position, currently set at 36.
I'm going to half that to 18, press my Tab key to update my preview, and that looks good. One other thing I might want to do, you see we have red numbers over here in the finished version. I can use a Character Style to apply that to the numbers and the numbers only. Now if I have one already prepared, I can choose it from there. If I don't, I can create one on the fly. New Character Style, and I can then come to the one attribute that in this case I want to change which is the Character Color.
And this time let's make it cyan, and I'll just call the Character Style name, cyan, click OK, and there's our result. All right, looking good. Now the thing about bulleted lists is that, of course, the numbers update should you reorder the text. So if select this text, and I have my drag and drop text editing on, remember that's a preference in your Type preferences, I can just drag that out there and the numbers automatically update. What I will not be able to do is actually select that number and the same is true of Bulleted Lists.
These are auto characters that you cannot select. Should you need to select them? There are rare times when you might need to select them. Then you can come to the Paragraph Styles, and first of all you can make a paragraph style so that these formats can be applied with a single-click. Having done that, you could, if you wanted to, come to this option on the Paragraph Styles panel menu > Convert number list Numbering to Text. And when you do that it's now editable text, what you have lost is that these numbers no longer auto-update, should you change the order of the text.
Most of the time there is no real reason to convert your numbers to text, rather just leave them as auto-numbers. Those are the issues involved in making a numbered list. If you want to make a multilevel numbered list, then meet me in the next movie.
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