In my Pages document, I have a passage in my abbreviations list that looks as shown below:

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I'm not satisfied with the display of the first item, because on the second line the word inscriptions should be indented, i.e. preceded by a tab.

So I put my cursor at the very end of the first line, just after the character c of Semitic, and hit Tab key. Unfortunately, Pages does not interpret the keystroke the way I want, it chooses to push the first line's content backwards rather than pushing the second line's content forward (while the second line stays unindented), so I get something like this:

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How do I achieve the desired result?

UPDATE (in answer to Yoan's comment below) : I also tried hitting "Tab" several times, just before the "i" of inscriptions. The four first keystrokes change nothing to the output, and on the fifth the second line is indented correctly but I have an incorrect very long space at the end of the first line :

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  • Can you place your cursor before "i" from inscriptions and press TAB twice to get the desired result? Just checked and works for me.
    – Yoan
    Commented Mar 27, 2018 at 14:47
  • @Yoan doesn't work for me, see my update Commented Mar 27, 2018 at 14:58
  • Did you changed the alignment? seems the last picture has a left alignment, while other(s) are for justified text.
    – Yoan
    Commented Mar 27, 2018 at 15:17
  • @Yoan Of course I didn't change the alignment. The aligment is supposed to be justified everywhere. My question could be rephrased as, "why does Pages ignore the justified-alignment requirement in this particular situation". Something is overriding the alignment, obviously. Commented Mar 27, 2018 at 15:26
  • You can use Format | Text | Increase List Indent Level or Decrease.., after selecting the second row. In your last picture, increase may be moved on the first row?
    – Yoan
    Commented Mar 27, 2018 at 15:32


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