Adjusting the Space Around a Paragraph
You can adjust the white space around a paragraph by adjusting the margin and the padding. In terms of the CSS box model, modifying the padding property adjusts the space inside the border area. For example, if you create a border or background color for a paragraph and you increase the size of the padding, the border moves away from the text in the paragraph.
Modifying the margin properties adjusts the space outside the border area. For example, if you create a border or background color for a paragraph and you increase the size of the margins around the paragraph, the border remains the same distance from the text in the paragraph. However, the position of the paragraph changes since there is more white space between the modified paragraph and the other elements on the page. Review the following additional considerations:
Set the right margin on paragraph styles to provide spacing between the text and the right edge of the window.
For paragraphs used within bulleted and numbered lists, carefully adjust the left margin to correctly align with the text of the bulleted and numbered list items. Those list items may have different left margins to leave space for the bullet or number. For more information, see “Defining the Appearance of Bulleted Lists” on page 137 and “Defining the Appearance of Numbered Lists” on page 138.
When defining the left margin for a paragraph style used in a table, consider the size and weight of the font as well. For example, bold table headings need less pixels in their left margin than non-bold table text paragraphs so that both types of text align with each other.
To set the margin and padding of a paragraph
Open your Stationery design project.
On the View menu, click Style Designer.
In Paragraph Styles, select the style you want to modify.
On the Properties tab, click Margin.
Specify a value and select the unit of measure for the Left, Right, Top, and Bottom margin properties.
On the Properties tab, click Padding.
Specify a value and select the unit of measure for the Left, Right, Top, and Bottom padding properties.