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A phantom tab setting in the paragraph

Question asked by dgbrown57 on Sep 17, 2013
Latest reply on Dec 11, 2013 by TSGal


A phantom tab setting in the paragraph


FileMaker Pro



Operating system version

Mac OS 10.7.5

Description of the issue

I have a text field where I have set up first line indent at -80 pts, line at 80 pts, no tabs. I have confirmed this setting in browse mode. However, when I Option-tab after the first set of characters to get to the 80 point setting, it stops at what appears to be a phantom tab at 40 pts. This forces me to Option-tab twice to move over. If my first set of characters extends beyond this invisible point, then a single Option-tab moves me properly.

The problem this creates is when I want to squeeze this information on a 3x5 card, say, then I use a smaller font and use similar settings but try to change the indentation proportionally. Sometimes on this other layout/field, the double Option-tab moves the text too far to the right (to another phantom tab beyond the line marker).

So, how do I get rid of these phantom tab?

Steps to reproduce the problem

Create a text field. Font is Times New Roman size 16. Set 1st line to -80, line to 80 pts, no tabs. In browse mode, enter a recipe like "2

Expected result

I would expect the "doohickeys" to fall immediately under the "Granny .."

Actual result

See image

Exact text of any error message(s) that appear

No error message

Configuration information

I started from the Contacts starter solution to take advantage of the layouts and, most importantly, the scripts. Made changes to table name, field names, etc. Created a new layout with the same field using different fonts/sizes, etc. to display in one place the effects on other layouts. Don't think this has anything to do with the problem.

I am using Filemaker Pro Advanced. Not sure if this is relevant.


I am trying to avoid using two text fields (one for quantity, second for item) since the item name could be longer than the field in which case it will wrap to the 80 point setting. Coordination between the two fields would get out of hand.