New Feature: Playlist Center! Pick a topic and let our playlists guide the way.

Learn it fast with expert-taught software and skills training at See what you can learn

By David Blatner | Thursday, December 01, 2011

InDesign Secrets: Aligning decimal points in a numbered list

This week’s InDesign secret is all about getting yourself (and your decimal points) properly aligned. In this week’s free-to-all movie, David Blatner shows you the subtle adjustments you have to make to your bullet position, left indent, and hanging indent to get the decimal points in your numbered list lined up correctly. David’s quick and clear advice helps you define, locate, and implement your bullet and indent position options in InDesign, resulting in an upgrade from the unkempt figure on the left to the tidy one on the right:

Example of decimal points aligned in InDesign

Meanwhile, over in the Online Training Library®, David’s partner in InDesign secrecy, Anne-Marie Concepcion, has a new member-exclusive video this month (Running a Script) that shows you how to install and use scripts in InDesign. Scripts are little sets of instruction that allow you to automate behaviors in InDesign, such as the merging of two tables, to save yourself hours of work and strained patience.

See you back here in two weeks with more InDesign Secrets.

Interested in more? • All the InDesign Secrets in the Online Training Library® • Courses by David Blatner in the Online Training Library® • Courses by Anne-Marie Concepcion in the Online Training Library® • All courses on InDesign in the Online Training Library®

Suggested courses to watch next: • InDesign CS5 Essential Training • InDesign Styles in DepthUp and Running with InDesign • InDesign FX series

Learn it from the experts.

With online video courses at, you can reach your goals faster. Learn software, improve your skills, and get an inside look at how the professionals work.

See what you can learn

Share this article:

Tags: , , ,

Get the latest news

  •   New course releases
  •   Pro tips and tricks
  •   News and updates
New releases submit clicked

You can change your email preferences at any time. We will never sell your email. More info

All articles

Featured articles

A membership includes:

Unlimited access to thousands of courses in our library
Certificates of completion
New courses added every week (almost every day!)
Course history to track your progress
Downloadable practice files
Playlists and bookmarks to organize your learning
Become a member

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.

Sign up and receive emails about and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from

Sign up and receive emails about and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.