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Setting Paragraph Tabs


In your document, tabs set how text or numerical data aligns in relation to the document margins. A tab stop is a predefined stopping point along the document’s typing line. Default tab stops are set every half-inch, but you can set multiple tabs per paragraph at any location. Choose from four text tab stops: left, right, center, and decimal (for numerical data). The bar tab inserts a vertical bar at the tab stop. You can use the Tab button on the horizontal ruler to switch between the available tabs.

Create and Clear a Tab Stop

  • y_1.jpg Select one or more paragraphs in which you want to set a tab stop.
  • y_2.jpg Click the Tab button on the horizontal ruler until it shows the type of tab stop you want; see the table for more information about tab stops.
  • y_3.jpg Click the ruler where you want to set the tab stop.
  • y_4.jpg If necessary, drag the tab stop to position it where you want.

    To display a numerical measurement in the ruler where the tab is placed, press and hold Alt as you drag.

  • y_5.jpg To clear a tab stop, drag it off the ruler.
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