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Adobe InDesign: What is a Last Line Right Indent?

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on InDesign

This question came up in class the other day. Most of my students understand when and why to define left, right and first line indents—but what in the world is a “last line right indent” and when might you use it?

I think of the last line right indent as last line hanging indent, and I only have one use for it—when I need to hang numbers off to the right side of a column. Take a table of contents, for example. Some authors like to write really, really long titles. So long that they might take up 2 or 3 or even 4 lines. In that situation, the page numbers can be hard to locate quickly.

Adobe InDesign: Last Line Right Indent

That’s where a last line hanging indent is great. Give the entire paragraph a right indent, and then use a negative value for the last line right indent to hang the numbers off to the right side where they are now easy to see.

Adobe InDesign: Last Line Right Indent

Another option is for hanging prices off a list, again for maximum visibility. Let’s say you have a price list, and the numbers get lost. Add a right indent, and a negative last line right indent to hang the numbers off to the right side where they are again easy to see.

Adobe InDesign: Last Line Right Indent

Have you come up with another use? I’d love to hear about it. You use the comment section below if you want to share your favorite way to use a last line right indent.

 

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