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Controlling Alignment by Using Tabs
If you create styles for your documents, you’ll want to consider configuring the Before and
After settings when you create paragraph styles. When you add before and after spacing to
paragraph styles, you help to ensure that spacing will be applied consistently and
automatically throughout your document.
You can instantly add 12 points of space before a paragraph by selecting the
paragraph(s) you want to format and pressing Ctrl+0 (zero). Press Ctrl+0 again to
remove the space.
Controlling Alignment by Using Tabs
Back in the days of the typewriter, tabs were used for all types of alignment such as tabbed
tables, charts, and columns. Word offers a variety of text alignment tools with which you
can create columns, Word tables (instead of tabbed tables), and even charts and diagrams.
And yet, with all the advanced formatting features Word 2010 offers, tabs continue to play
a key role in aligning text and performing other tab-related activities. You’ll use tabs for all
sorts of things—from positioning content on a line where you want it, to adding prices in a
column on the right side of the page, to centering a heading on a page. Figure 11-6 shows
a variety of tab types in action. When you have formatting marks turned on in your
document, the tab characters appear as right pointing arrows.
Instead of using a tabbed table to separate data in your document, you can use a
borderless Word table instead. This will provide the appearance of a tabbed table but give
you more control over the alignment of your information. Creating a table in this way
also helps keep your table from getting bumped out of alignment when an extra space
or tab is added. In a table, you can see and ix formatting mistakes easily. For more on
Word tables, see Chapter 15, “Clarify Your Concepts in Professional Tables.”
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