Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Anytime you press the spacebar more than once, you need a tab. Believe me, your
documents will look prettier and you’ll be happier after you understand and use tabs rather than
spaces to line up your text.
Word presets tab stops at every half-inch position across the page — that is, unless you set your
own tab stops.
You use Backspace or Delete to remove a tab character, just as you delete any character in a
Tabs work best for a single line of text or for only the first line of a paragraph. For anything
more complex, use Word’s Table command. See Chapter 19 .
The diet beverage Tab was named for people who like to keep a tab on how much
Seeing the tab stops
Tab stops are set in Word by using the Tabs dialog box, which is covered later in this chapter. A
more visual way to set tab stops, as well as see all tab stops no matter how they’re set, is to use the
The ruler appears just above the text page in Word’s document window. When the ruler isn’t visible,
click the View tab and place a check mark by the Ruler item in the Show group.
Figure 12-1 shows the ruler with several tab stops appearing as tiny, black symbols. Three tab stops
are set in the figure: a left tab stop at the half-inch mark, a center tab stop at the 1 1 ⁄ 2 -inch mark, and a
right tab stop at the 2 1 ⁄ 2 -inch mark.
Figure 12-1: Tab stops on the ruler.
In your document, tabs appear as blank spaces. You can direct Word to display the tab
character, if you like. Clicking the Show/Hide button, the one with the ¶ symbol, does the trick. You