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Old 03-19-2015, 08:57 AM   #1
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Default Final Draft question - indenting

How do you indent a block of text?

I'm trying to indent a three- or four-line section of text that I want to be superimposed on the screen at the very beginning, almost like dialogue but without the character's name.

One source from google suggested blocking the text and then changing the margins. This works except for the first line, which remains aligned with the left margin. I'm using FD9.

Any thoughts?

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Old 03-19-2015, 04:25 PM   #2
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Default Re: Final Draft question - indenting

AFAIK you have to use the spacebar or do it in a pretty kludgy way:

http://kb.finaldraft.com/article/1001/1281/

And in 9 there's a different method to get a new macro.

EDIT: sorry, didn't read properly. Easiest way to do it is to turn on the ruler and drag the square to where you want that block of text to indent.

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Old 03-20-2015, 09:55 AM   #3
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Default Re: Final Draft question - indenting

Thanks for the link and info. Just figured out you can also include the text as dialogue without a character's name. Basically accomplishes the same goal.

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Old 03-20-2015, 10:03 AM   #4
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Default Re: Final Draft question - indenting

BTW, one good thing in FD is the ability to create custom format "Elements", which apply your custom settings to a block of text.

IOW, just as you can select a block that's currently labeled "Action" and change it to "Dialogue", you can change "Action" to "my_custom_1".

To create one, click Format | Elements | New, then create the settings (e.g. left margin) that you want.
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Old 03-20-2015, 10:26 PM   #5
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Default Re: Final Draft question - indenting

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How do you indent a block of text?

I'm trying to indent a three- or four-line section of text that I want to be superimposed on the screen at the very beginning, almost like dialogue but without the character's name.

One source from google suggested blocking the text and then changing the margins. This works except for the first line, which remains aligned with the left margin. I'm using FD9.

Any thoughts?

~Dixon
If you strike a key, say the letter A, then space bar to where you want and type the text, then go back to the letter A and delete it. Then you can move it left or right by using the spacebar or the delete key to place it exactly where it looks best.

I've found that sometimes the character element isn't in the optimum place for the size of text. It's quick and easy to adjust.
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Old 03-24-2015, 12:11 PM   #6
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Default Re: Final Draft question - indenting

If you just want to post something with hard returns in FD, let's say lines of a poem or a quote, either in dialogue or action lines, there's a basic low-tech way.

Just start typing where you want the line to begin (or tab to it), and where you want the hard return, hit Shift + Enter.

I have a musical script where I needed song lyrics in the dialogue element, and I did it this way. But it can work for any kind of quote or block of text.

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