Copy Tabs & Indents

Let’s say you have one paragraph perfectly formatted with the Tabs and Indents you need. Now you have several paragraphs below it that also need those Tabs and Indents applied. You COULD copy those settings by using the Shift-Command-click trick,* but this copies ALL paragraph attributes, including leading, space above/below, rules, etc.

To apply only the Tabs and Indents settings from one paragraph to the paragraphs directly following it, do this:

  • Select any part of the paragraph that has the settings you like, and drag downward to select the paragraphs to which you want to apply the settings.
  • Press Shift-Command-T to open the Tabs dialog box.
  • Click on the ruler to create a temporary new tab, but then drag the tab up off of the ruler.

Because QuarkXPress thinks you’ve made a change to the ruler, it will apply the tab settings from the first paragraph to all selected paragraphs.

* The Shift-Command-click trick: with your text cursor in the paragraph you want to change, hold down Shift-Command and click on the paragraph whose formatting you want to copy. The current paragraph (or several paragraphs if they’re selected) will take on the formatting of the paragraph you clicked on.

Note: That paragraph must be in the same chain of text boxes as your selected paragraph.

(Windows users: use Ctrl instead of Command — but you already knew that, right?)