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Microsoft Word Help with step-by-step on how to add, modify or remove tab stops to a document. Tabs can make your text look much neater than using the spacebar to get them aligned.

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Insert Tabs with Ruler
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Working With Tabs

A Tab Stop is a point on the ruler around which or against which text is formatted. When you press the TAB key, you advance the cursor by one tab stop.

Tab stops are set at half-inch intervals on the ruler, but you can change that if you want to.

Microsoft Word help you so that you can also change the type of tab.

By default, tabs are left aligned, which means that when you enter letters after you press the TAB key, the letters move toward the right in the same way that they move toward the right when text is left aligned.

However, Microsoft Word help you in also offering right, center, decimal, and bar tabs.

Notice the symbols on the ruler (where the vertical and horizontal ruler meets at the top left corner) they tell you what type of tab you are dealing with.

Microsoft Word Help: example of tab settings

The above image is an example of how the different tab settings can be used.

The Red dotted lines shows the alignment of each tab setting.

The Green dotted lines shows the margin setting.

You'll notice that the cursor starts at the margin, press TAB on the keyboard to make the cursor jump to the first tab setting.

Insert Tabs With Ruler

Tabs are placed on the ruler. Choose View ► Ruler to turn the ruler on.

Microsoft Word help you with placing tabs on the ruler very easily.

To add tabs on the ruler, follow these steps:

1. Place the cursor on a new line in which you want to add tabs to.
2. Click in the box on the left side of the ruler to get different tab settings.

As you click, the symbols change to the different tab settings available. Microsoft Word help with the choose any of the following tabs.
  Microsoft Word Help: left tab marker Left tab

Aligns all text using this tab stop on the left side.
  Microsoft Word Help: center tab marker Center tab

Aligns all text using this tab stop center.
  Microsoft Word Help: right tab marker Right tab

Aligns all text using this tab on the right side.
  Microsoft Word Help: decimal tab marker Decimal tab

Aligns all decimal points, in text or numbers using this tab stop, center.
  Microsoft Word Help: bar tab marker Bar tab

Draws a vertical line the width of a line for every text line.
  Microsoft Word Help: first line indent marker First Line Indent

Indents the first line of a paragraph from the margin.
  Microsoft Word Help: hanging indent marker Hanging Indent

Indents all of a paragraph, except for the first line.
3. When you come to the symbol that represents the type of tab you want (keep clicking), click at the place on the ruler where you want to put a tab stop.

You can click as many times as you want and enter more than one kind of tab. With Microsoft Word help is on the way!
4. When you start typing, press the TAB key on the keyboard to let the cursor jump to the next tab stop.
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See also... Insert Tabs with Dialog Box | Modify Tabs | Remove Tabs
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