Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
All about tab leaders
In my opinion, the only reason to fool with tabs
and tab stops is to create tab leaders like the
ones shown here. A leader is a series of
punctuation marks — periods in the illustration —
that connect text across a page. Leaders are
very elegant. For the figure, I used left-aligned
tab stops for the characters’ names and
rightaligned tab stops for the players’ names. I
included leaders so that you can tell precisely
who played whom.
Follow these steps to create tab leaders:
1. Enter the text and, in each line, enter a tab
space between the text on the left side
and the text on the right side.
2. Select the text you entered.
3. On the Home tab, click the Paragraph
group button, and in the Paragraph dialog
box, click the Tabs button.
You see the Tabs dialog box.
4. Enter a position for the first new tab in the
Tab Stop Position box.
5. Under Leader in the dialog box, select
the punctuation symbol you want for the
6. Click OK, display the ruler, and drag tab
markers to adjust the space between the
text on the left and right.
To move a tab stop, drag it to a new location on the ruler. Text that is
aligned with the tab stop moves as well. To remove a tab stop, drag it off the
ruler. When you remove a tab stop, text to which it was aligned is aligned to
the next remaining tab stop on the ruler or to the next default tab stop if you
didn’t create any tab stops of your own.
Sometimes it’s hard to tell where tabs were put in the text. To find out, click
the Show/Hide ¶ button on the Home tab to see the formatting characters,
including the arrows that show where the Tab key was pressed.
The first thing you should know about hyphenating words is that you may
not need to do it. Text that hasn’t been hyphenated is much easier to read,
which is why the majority of text in this topic, for example, isn’t hyphenated.
It has a ragged right margin, to borrow typesetter lingo. Hyphenate only when
text is trapped in columns or in other narrow places, or when you want a
very formal-looking document.