3 Replies Latest reply: Jan 31, 2013 6:22 PM by Bruce Bridges
Bruce Bridges Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)

I'm feeling frustrated because I feel like I am just missing a simple picture here but no matter how I try, I can't see it.  I'm trying to use tabs in the Keynote ruler.

 

I can add tabs all day but they don't seem to have any effect on my document.  If I press the tab key, the text will move but seemingly to a random spot.  The tabs that I've inserted seem to have no effect.  And if I delete all my tabs, the text stays indented with no apparent way to reset things.  I know I can command z back to my starting point but I'd really like to get a handle on how tabs work in Keynote. 

 

So am I being incredibly dense on a simple task or is there something fundamentally different in how Keynote handles these tools?

 

Thanks so much for any help.


MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • 1. Re: Using tabs in keynote?
    Bruce Bridges Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)

    Ok, I think I've got this figured out but it doesn't make much sense to me.  Evidently the tabs function only works in the TITLE text box.  It doesn't work in a bulleted box, which I guess makes sense to some degree although it seems they'd just not allow you to set tabs for that either.  When you tab, it instead advances the bullet indentation.

     

    Same with the subtitle text box.  The tabs don't work.  But in the TITLE box it appears to function as expected. 

     

    So I guess the answer is to reposition and reduce the text for the Title box when you want to use the tabs. 

  • 2. Re: Using tabs in keynote?
    Gary Scotland Level 6 Level 6 (8,205 points)

    use;    alt  / option tab

  • 3. Re: Using tabs in keynote?
    Bruce Bridges Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)

    Aha!  Thanks so much for that.  I never saw this quick fix anywhere.