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Inserting tab stops on the ruler
Inserting tab stops on the ruler
Word 2013 automatically sets a tab stop every half inch (1.27
cm) from the left margin. Although that might be useful for
a quick document that you’ll print and discard, it’s usually
better to set a custom tab stop exactly where you need one.
Depending on where that stop is across the page, you only
have to press the Tab key once to move to the desired tab stop
instead of multiple times, a half inch at a time.
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set a custom tab stop
1 If the ruler isn’t visible, on the View tab, in the Show group, select
the Ruler check box.
2 Select the paragraphs in which you want to set tab stops.
3 Click the numbered part of the ruler at the desired position for a
tab stop.
4 If the tab stop’s position isn’t correct, drag the tab stop marker to
the left or right along the ruler, as needed.
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4 drag marker
on ruler
TRY ThIs The usual kind of tab stop is left-aligned (that is, the
left edge of text that follows the Tab character aligns there).
Click the box at the left end of the ruler to change the alignment of the
next tab stop that you insert. Click several times to select a cen-
ter-aligned, right-aligned, decimal, or bar tab stop, or the first-line
indent or the hanging (second and subsequent line) indent.
TIP If you want to use the same tab stop locations in many
places, make the tab stops part of the definition of a paragraph
style that you can apply wherever you need it.
TRY ThIs Double-click the ruler to open the Tabs dialog box.
Here you can change the locations of the default tab stops, set
the leader (the repeated dots or lines that fill the space between
columns), or clear all the tabs from the selected text.
sEE ALso For information about defining a style, see
“Creating and modifying styles” on page 94.
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