Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
What is a leader tab stop?
A leader tab stop produces a row of dots where the tab character appears. This trick is the only way
to get a tab character to appear in your document, and it’s quite useful.
Three styles are available for leader tab stops:
Fearless dot-leader tabs 158
Zipper-line leader tabs 158
U-boat underline leader tabs 158
You can apply a leader to any tab stop in Word other than the bar tab. To do so, refer to other
sections in this chapter that tell you how to set the various types of tab stops — specifically, the right
tab stop. To add the dot leader to the tabbed list you created, follow these steps:
1. Select the text as a block.
Refer to Chapter 6 for block-marking directions.
2. Bring forth the Tabs dialog box.
3. Select the tab stop from the Tab Stop Position list.
For example, in Figure 12-6 , the right tab stop shows up in the Tab Stop Position list as 4". Click
to select that item in the list.
4. In the Leader area, choose the leader style.
None means no leader, and it’s selected already. Choose one of the other three options.
5. Click the Set button.
Don’t click OK before you set the tab stop to add the leader. This step is the one you’ll
screw up most often.
6. Click OK.
After clicking the Set button, you can click OK to close the Tabs dialog box and gawk at your
The leader tab that uses the underline character is also the best way to create fill-in-the-
blanks forms. Use the Tabs dialog box to set a left tab stop at the far right margin (usually,
6.0 inches). Choose an underline leader for that tab. Click Set and then OK. Back in your
document, type the prompt for the fill-in-the-blanks line, such as:
Your name: ____________________________________