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Using Tabs

Tabs are used to align text and numbers on a page. Word 2003 has default tab stops set every 1.27 cm. You can set manual tab stops using four different alignment types (left, center, right and decimal) and a Bar tab to create vertical lines on a page.

The Tab key on the keyboard is used to move the insertion point to the next tab stop.

Setting Tab Stops

Tab stops can be set using the ruler or the Tab dialogue box.

Using the Ruler

  1. Select the paragraph(s) you wish to set tabs to
  2. Click the Tab Alignment button to the left of the ruler until the alignment type you need is shown
  3. Tab Alignment button

    Left

    Left

    Centre

    Centre

    Right

    Right

    Decimal

    Decimal

    Bar

    Bar

  4. Click the required position on the ruler for your tab
  5. Text aligned using the different tab stops

Using the Tab Dialogue Box

  1. Click Format > Tabs
  2. Setting tabs using the dialogue box
  3. Type the required setting in the Tab stop position: box
  4. Select an Alignment for your tab stop
  5. Select a Leader if desired
  6. Click Set
  7. Click Ok

Removing Tabs

To remove a tab, simply click and drag the tab off the ruler and onto the page.

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