I’ve seen many designers fuss with right-tab settings over and over as they change the width of a text box — when all they had to do was set a right-indent tab…
A right-indent tab aligns to the right edge of a text box, and stays aligned to the right edge if you resize the box. To use one, just hold down the Option key when pressing the Tab key. The text after the Tab will will then align to the right edge of the text box.
Tip #2: to make a dotted leader like the one in the example, just set a Tab stop anywhere on the ruler and type a period into the Fill Characters field.
Tip #3: In QuarkXPress 7, you can use the Measurements palette to set Tabs, rather than opening the Item> Modify dialog box.
Jay Nelson is the editorial director of PlanetQuark.com, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at Lynda.com, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.