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Setting tabs


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QuarkXPress 8 Essential Training

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Video: Setting tabs

When you are working with lists of items that need to be aligned to each other, tab stops are really your friend. So let's look at how to assign tabs and how to adjust them in QuarkXPress. I'm going to switch to the Magazine spreads layout in this project, and I'm going to scroll down to page 3. I'm just holding down the Option key or the Alt key on Windows, clicking and dragging. And down here, you see a nice little table that could use some tabs, and in fact, it does use some tabs. I am going to press Ctrl+Shift and click and drag to zoom that area into our window and then I'm going to go to the View menu and choose Invisibles, so that we can see exactly what was done in this text to create this effect.
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  1. 5m 17s
    1. Welcome
      51s
    2. Using the exercise files
      54s
    3. What is QuarkXPress?
      3m 32s
  2. 39m 1s
    1. Getting started
      2m 26s
    2. Managing files in Quark
      9m 52s
    3. Exploring the QuarkXPress interface
      11m 22s
    4. Restoring, reverting, and undoing
      4m 9s
    5. Navigating your layout
      6m 45s
    6. Adding and moving pages
      4m 27s
  3. 51m 57s
    1. Understanding items and contents
      4m 54s
    2. Making boxes and lines
      6m 32s
    3. Putting text on a path
      8m 48s
    4. Moving and locking items
      1m 44s
    5. Resizing, reshaping, rotating, and flipping items
      2m 33s
    6. Duplicating items
      3m 25s
    7. Deleting items
      1m 49s
    8. Using the Bézier Pen tool
      4m 20s
    9. Converting text to boxes
      2m 4s
    10. Understanding relationships between items
      4m 53s
    11. Merging shapes
      2m 1s
    12. Setting item styles
      5m 13s
    13. Using Item Find/Change
      3m 41s
  4. 30m 55s
    1. Reviewing the Layers palette
      8m 12s
    2. Utilizing guides and rulers
      4m 16s
    3. Understanding Guide Manager Pro
      5m 24s
    4. Using frames, dashes, and stripes
      4m 57s
    5. Setting libraries
      5m 18s
    6. Appending settings
      2m 48s
  5. 39m 57s
    1. Building a new layout
      3m 40s
    2. Creating projects and layouts
      4m 48s
    3. Working with Master Pages
      2m 44s
    4. Creating automatic text boxes
      3m 15s
    5. Working with Master Pages and Layout Pages
      5m 15s
    6. Making pages
      6m 1s
    7. Modifying your pages
      2m 5s
    8. Using automatic page insertion
      2m 44s
    9. Using automatic page numbering and "continued"
      4m 45s
    10. Working with sections and page numbering
      3m 29s
    11. Building with multipage spreads
      1m 11s
  6. 25m 5s
    1. Navigating through a layout
      1m 49s
    2. Selecting text
      4m 41s
    3. Deleting text
      1m 4s
    4. Changing text case
      59s
    5. Importing text
      4m 39s
    6. Exporting text
      2m 52s
    7. Showing invisible characters
      2m 6s
    8. Using the Glyph panel
      4m 27s
    9. Working with ligatures
      2m 28s
  7. 10m 50s
    1. Finding and changing
      6m 3s
    2. Using Spell Check
      4m 47s
  8. 35m 27s
    1. Understanding basic character formatting
      4m 15s
    2. Setting color, shade, and transparency
      2m 36s
    3. Using horizontal and vertical scaling
      3m 55s
    4. Setting kerning and tracking
      7m 38s
    5. Inserting typographic special effects
      7m 53s
    6. Adjusting font preferences and open-type fonts
      5m 32s
    7. Finding a missing font
      3m 38s
  9. 29m 29s
    1. Applying basic paragraph formatting
      3m 10s
    2. Applying leading to paragraphs
      5m 7s
    3. Establishing paragraph rules
      3m 4s
    4. Setting tabs
      6m 14s
    5. Setting hyphenation and justification
      3m 41s
    6. Understanding widow and orphan control
      3m 54s
    7. Working with hanging characters
      4m 19s
  10. 27m 53s
    1. Linking items together
      3m 58s
    2. Learning about style sheets
      1m 52s
    3. Creating style sheets
      3m 57s
    4. Editing style sheets
      4m 24s
    5. Applying styles
      3m 40s
    6. Deleting styles
      2m 7s
    7. Appending styles
      3m 17s
    8. Using grids
      4m 38s
  11. 22m 55s
    1. Building tables
      3m 19s
    2. Importing Excel tables
      3m 13s
    3. Working with tables
      5m 25s
    4. Formatting tables
      2m 50s
    5. Splitting tables with headers and footers
      3m 19s
    6. Adding graphics
      2m 41s
    7. Converting a table to text or a group
      2m 8s
  12. 14m 34s
    1. Building books
      5m 20s
    2. Creating lists
      5m 2s
    3. Building an index
      4m 12s
  13. 23m 18s
    1. Importing pictures
      4m 50s
    2. Working with pictures
      2m 48s
    3. Mastering picture management
      3m 50s
    4. Editing and exporting pictures
      2m 48s
    5. Looking into preview quality and greeking images
      5m 18s
    6. Exporting a page as EPS
      3m 44s
  14. 12m 25s
    1. Working with Photoshop documents
      4m 44s
    2. Understanding the Style menu
      3m 3s
    3. Building picture effects
      4m 38s
  15. 10m 54s
    1. Working with text runaround
      7m 32s
    2. Setting anchored boxes
      3m 22s
  16. 32m 4s
    1. What You See and What You Get
      2m 42s
    2. Describing color
      3m 28s
    3. Specifying color
      7m 13s
    4. Creating color blends
      5m 15s
    5. Setting opacity
      4m 55s
    6. Using color from outside sources
      1m 55s
    7. Understanding color management and proofing
      6m 36s
  17. 15m 8s
    1. Synchronizing items
      3m 11s
    2. Building composition zones
      4m 8s
    3. Working in shared layouts
      2m 25s
    4. Understanding job jackets
      5m 24s
  18. 15m 21s
    1. Collecting for output and exporting
      1m 14s
    2. Adjusting basic printer settings
      3m 39s
    3. Reviewing advanced printer settings
      8m 44s
    4. Establishing print styles
      1m 44s
  19. 16m 10s
    1. Creating and exporting a PDF
      4m 4s
    2. Creating PDF output styles
      1m 44s
    3. Building hyperlinks in interactive PDFs
      4m 23s
    4. Adding bookmarks for interactive PDFs
      5m 59s
  20. 20m 58s
    1. Building a web page
      4m 12s
    2. Inserting hyperlinks in a document
      3m 18s
    3. Creating a form for HTML
      2m 54s
    4. Exporting and importing as HTML
      5m 20s
    5. Building Flash projects
      5m 14s
  21. 6m 15s
    1. Working with XTensions
      3m 2s
    2. Scripting in QuarkXPress 8
      3m 13s
  22. 13s
    1. Goodbye
      13s

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QuarkXPress 8 Essential Training
8h 6m Beginner Jul 29, 2009

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QuarkXPress has always been the perfect tool for creating and publishing documents. In QuarkXPress 8 Essential Training, Jay Nelson—the publisher of Design Tools Monthly and a QuarkXPress expert—covers all the tools and features in this updated version of the program, from basic page layout to Flash integration and web page creation. Throughout this comprehensive training, Jay shows what's needed to produce professional-quality projects that integrate text, pictures, graphics, and tables. He also offers real-world page layout techniques that designers can apply to their own projects. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Understanding the QuarkXPress interface
  • Building a new layout and working with master pages
  • Using long document features to streamline workflow
  • Building QuarkXPress 8 documents with Adobe and Microsoft files
  • Creating custom styles using typography and picture effects
  • Collaborating in real time with other users
  • Exporting finished projects to PDF, Flash, and the web
Subjects:
Design Page Layout
Software:
QuarkXPress
Author:
Jay Nelson

Setting tabs

When you are working with lists of items that need to be aligned to each other, tab stops are really your friend. So let's look at how to assign tabs and how to adjust them in QuarkXPress. I'm going to switch to the Magazine spreads layout in this project, and I'm going to scroll down to page 3. I'm just holding down the Option key or the Alt key on Windows, clicking and dragging. And down here, you see a nice little table that could use some tabs, and in fact, it does use some tabs. I am going to press Ctrl+Shift and click and drag to zoom that area into our window and then I'm going to go to the View menu and choose Invisibles, so that we can see exactly what was done in this text to create this effect.

What we have got here is some text that has been typed in, followed by a Tab key, followed by some more text and then a Return. And that's exactly how tabs are used in a paragraph, text, tab, text, tab, text, tab and then Return. In this case, we just have the one tab and the tab is what's creating what they call this dotted leader here. If we look down in the Tabs tab of the Measurements palette, we'll get access to all the controls for the tabs. You will notice that when I went to the Tabs area of the Measurements palette, a ruler appeared at the top of my text box.

The ruler is pretty much empty except for this one little mark at the end and that's our tab stop. If we click on that tab stop, we'll see that we have created a tab at that location in the style over here of right justified. That makes the right end of the text justified, where that tab stop is and to get that dotted leader to happen, we simply typed in a period under Fill Characters. Now if we change that to some other character like maybe an @ sign, as you can see the dotted fill becomes this other strange fill.

But let's select that tab again and change the Fill Character back to a dot, so we can have our dotted leader again. Now, this happens to be a right-aligned tab but we could also create left-aligned tabs, center-aligned tabs and even decimal-aligned tabs, meaning if you had a column of numbers, the decimal point would line up in that column of numbers even if the numbers on either side of that decimal point are larger or smaller than each other. If you prefer to have that column of numbers lined up by their commas, you can make a tab stop like this and under certain circumstances, it can be useful to use this tab stop which is an Align on and then you tell it what character you want to align it on, over here.

When you do that, whichever character you type in here is the character that will align in that column of text or numbers. Now, there are several ways to add a tab stop to a paragraph. One way is to simply select the kind of tab stop that you want here from the Measurements palette and then click somewhere on the ruler to apply it. Now notice when I click and hold I get a nice little indicator that shows me where it's going to go. When I let go, the tab is applied and as you can see, the center of this text is now under where I placed the tab stop.

To remove a tab stop, you can either click and drag it off of the ruler or you can simply click on it and press your Delete key on your keyboard and it goes away. If you want to remove all of the tabs on your ruler, you can click the Clear All button. Now, if your layout is set up so that your tabs need to be at specific places on the ruler, you can select the kind of tab stop you want down here and then type in a position and it will appear on the ruler at that position. Now, I have been working in one paragraph in adjusting the tab.

Let me go ahead and change that so you can see how once you've got one paragraph set up the way you like it, you can make the others match it and this is a trick that works for all kinds of paragraph formatting. You can click and drag to select multiple paragraphs. I'm going to Option+Shift-click on the first paragraph and notice that the tab settings and everything else from that first paragraph is applied to the other two paragraphs. It's a great trick for when you are working with just a few paragraphs and you want to set one the way you like it and then make the others match it. And I have one final tip for you.

A lot of times, you are working on a layout where your text box width isn't necessarily set in stone. You might be making the text box wider or narrower depending on what's in it and what's around it. Resetting your tabs can be a nightmare in that circumstance. So, there is a fairly hidden and very useful trick in QuarkXPress called the Right Indent tab and what that does is it aligns your text with the right side of the text box regardless of where that right side happens to be. I am going to do that right now for these paragraphs here.

The funny part about it is that it's not a specific kind of tab stop that you put on the ruler but rather it's a different way of entering that tab character down here. This tab character was entered by simply pressing the Tab key. If I hold down the Option key and press the Tab key, watch what happens. That text is now aligned to the right edge of the text box and if I make that text box wider or narrower, that text is still going to align to the right edge of the text box. It's extremely useful in many circumstances.

So I encourage you to remember Option+Tab. Now, you may be asking, why with my Option+Tab did it keep the dotted leader that I designed to this tab right here? Well, that's how it works. If you have a tab stop anywhere on the ruler and it's assigned a Fill Character like this one, that Fill Character will be adopted by the Right Indent tab that we just created by Option-clicking. So, to fix these other two, we can select this tab, press Option+Tab and now it will align to the right edge like the other one. Same thing here.

Option+Tab and now when we make our text box wider or narrower, those items are still going to align to the right edge of the box. It's a great trick and very, very useful. Tabs are one of the most simple thing to understand and yet one of the most complex things to master. At their basic level, they just line things up, but if you really learn to how to use them, you can create complex formatting in your documents very easily.

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