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Page updated Apr 8, 2016

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. . . . Indent paragraphs
        with dot leaders
        (like this one)

Related pages -

•  Using "Other Codes" in WordPerfect (Format > Line > Other Codes)

•  Tip on creating Flush Right and Centered Text with dot leaders on the same line



WordPerfect has a built-in feature to include dot leaders with Tabs -- but not with indented paragraphs.

The former is done with Format, Line, Other Codes, Hard tabs with dot leaders. On the other hand, indenting paragraphs with dot leaders can be done [A] manually, or [B] with a macro, or [C] with a custom style.

A. Manual method

  • OPTIONAL: Enter some text (a word or short phrase) on the line.
  • Insert a hard left indent with Format, Paragraph, Indent.
  • Insert a hard back tab with Format, Paragraph, Back Tab.
  • Insert a hard left tab with leaders, with Format, Line, Other Codes, Hard tabs with dot leaders: Left
  • Enter the indented paragraph's text.
  • OPTIONAL: Remove (or move) tab stops to move the indented paragrph to the right.

B. Macro

  • Record a macro to -
    • Insert a hard left indent with Format, Paragraph, Indent.
    • Insert a hard back tab with Format, Paragraph, Back Tab.
    • Insert a hard left tab with leaders, with Format, Line, Other Codes, Hard tabs with dot leaders: Left
  • OPTIONAL: Enter some text (a word or short phrase) on the line.
  • Play the macro.
  • Enter the indented paragraph's text.
  • OPTIONAL: Remove (or move) tab stops to move the indented paragrph to the right.

C. Style

Here's how to do something similar with a custom paragraph style. This will produce slightly different results from the methods above, since the entire paragraph will have dot leaders, from the left margin to the beginning of the paragraph. If you want to add text to the left of the leaders (on the same line as the indented paragraph), use one of the above methods.

  • Create a new Paragraph style with Format, Styles.
    • [NOTE: If you want to save this new style in your default template, not just the current document, click the Options button, then Settings, then "Default template." After you finish the steps below, reset this to "Current document" unless you want all new styles to be saved to the default template.]
  • Click on Create.
  • Name and describe the style in the Styles Editor that pops up.
  • Choose to have the Enter key insert <None>.
  • Set the Type of style to Paragraph.
  • Click inside the Style Editor's Contents field and enter the following:
    • Insert a hard left indent with Format, Paragraph, Indent.
    • Insert a hard back tab with Fromat, Paragraph, Back Tab.
    • Insert a hard left tab with leaders, with Format, Line, Other Codes, Hard tabs with dot leaders: Left
  • You should see the following codes in the Contents field:
  • [Hd Left Ind][Hd Back Tab][...Hd Left Tab]
  • Click OK when done.
    • Reset Options, Settings if required (see NOTE above).
  • Close the dialog to return to the main document.
  • When needed, just place the cursor in the paragraph and select the new style from the "Select Style" list on the property bar.
  • You can also add regular Tabs in the document, just in front of the new paragraph style codes, to produce an unusual effect or to indent the already indented paragraph.

Thanks go to Don Codling for the relevant codes used above.