Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Tabs are fixed locations that you can use to align lines of text. To insert a tab, press the Tab
key; the insertion point advances to the next tab stop. You can set the positions of tabs and
set other options, such as alignment type, by using the ruler or the Tabs dialog box.
To set tabs using the ruler, follow these steps:
1. If the ruler is not visible, click the View Ruler icon at the top of the vertical scroll bar,
or select Ruler in the Show group on the View tab.
2. Click the box at the left end of the ruler until it displays the tab alignment type you
Left-aligned tab Text starts at the tab position.
Center-aligned tab Text is centered on the tab position. (Text
automatically re-centers as you type.)
Right-aligned tab Text ends at the tab position. (Characters shift to
the left as you type.)
Decimal-aligned tab Numbers with a decimal point align the
decimal point at the tab stop. (Numbers or text without a decimal point or
period are right-aligned.)
Bar This is not a tab stop; rather, it inserts a vertical line at the tab
position as a column divider.
3. Click the ruler where you want to set the tab stop. If you don’t click precisely where
you want the tab stop, you can drag the tab-stop marker along the ruler.
The Tabs dialog box lacks the ability to show your tab stops in position, but it offers one
feature not available via the ruler: the ability to specify leader characters. (In the typesetting
world, a leader is a repeated character to the left of a tab stop—often a row of periods.) To
use the Tabs dialog box to set one or more tab stops:
1. On the Home tab, click the Paragraph dialog box launcher (the arrow in the lower
right corner of the Paragraph group). Then, in the Paragraph dialog box, click Tabs.