Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
When you don’t set tab stops, Word does it for you. They’re called default tab stops, and Word places one
every half-inch all across the page. That way, when you press the Tab key, it dutifully hops to one of those
preset tab stops, even though you haven’t set any specific tab stops.
You can use the Tabs dialog box (refer to Figure 12-9 ) to change the interval of Word’s default tab stops.
Open the Tabs dialog box, and use the text box beneath the Default Tab Stops heading to set the proper
interval. In Figure 12-9 , the value is 0.5”, which is every half inch.
Setting a tab stop in the Tabs dialog box
When you need for your tab stops to be precise and the ruler is proving unruly, follow these steps to
set tabs in the Tab dialog box:
1. Summon the Tabs dialog box.
Refer to the preceding section for delightful details.
2. Enter the exact tab stop position in the Tab Stop Position box.
For example, type 1.1875 to set a tab at exactly that spot.
3. Choose the type of tab stop from the Alignment area.
The standard tab stop is named Left. Other types of tab stops are covered elsewhere in this
4. Click the Set button.
The Set button — not the OK button — creates the tab stop. After you click Set, the tab stop is
placed on the list below the Tab Stop Position box. (You may notice that numbers are rounded to
the nearest hundredth; Word interprets 1.1875 as 1.19, for example.)
5. Continue setting tab stops.
Repeat Steps 1 through 3 for as many tab stops as you need to set.
6. Click OK.
The tab stops you set affect the current paragraph or a selected group of paragraphs. The tab stops
you set are visible on the ruler, if the ruler itself is visible.
You must click the Set button to set a tab stop! I don’t know how many times I click OK,
thinking that the tab stop is set when it isn’t.
Setting leader tab stops
You can do only one task in Word in the Tabs dialog box that you cannot do with the ruler: Set a
leader tab stop.