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Creating Tabs by Using the Tabs Dialog Box
Creating Tabs by Using the Tabs Dialog Box
In addition to using the ruler to create tabs, you can use the Tabs dialog box, which you
display by clicking the Tabs button in the Indents And Spacing tab of the Paragraph dialog
box. The Tabs dialog box enables you to use precise measurements to set tabs. You can also
create tabs that use leader lines. Leaders insert characters—such as dots or dashes (see
Figure 11-6 for examples)—in the space before the tab stop; they act as a visual guide, leading
the eye to the tabbed text.
Neither of these tasks can be accomplished using the ruler. The main drawback of creating
tabs by using the Tabs dialog box is that you won’t be able to see how your tabs affect your
text until after you close the dialog box and view your document. To display the Tabs dialog
box, perform any of the following actions:
Press Alt+O+T.
Double-click an existing tab in the horizontal ruler.
Click Tabs in the Paragraph dialog box.
Figure 11-7 shows the Tabs dialog box. If the currently selected paragraph contains manual
tabs, when you display the Tabs dialog box, the tab positions will be listed in the Tab Stop
Position list box. Notice that the Default Tab Stops option is set to 0.5 inches (or 1.27 if your
preferred unit of measure is centimeters) by default.
Figure 11-7 Set, move, and modify tabs in the Tabs dialog box.
To use the Tabs dialog box to set manual tabs, follow these steps:
1. Click in the paragraph(s) in which you want to set tabs, or position your insertion
point at the location where you want to create a new paragraph containing the tab
2. Display the Tabs dialog box (press Alt+O+T or double-click an existing manual tab on
the ruler).
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