- Before manually inserting tabs stops, you
should display the Microsoft Word Ruler. This Ruler allows you to easily insert tab
stops. If the Ruler is not displayed
click on the View Ruler button
(displayed at the top of your vertical scroll bar).
- If clicking on this button removes the
display of the Ruler, click on it again and the Ruler will be displayed again
across the top of your document.
- You can set the tab type by repeatedly
clicking the tab selector (displayed at the left edge of the ruler) until it
displays the required tab type.
- You can click along the ruler at the location
you wish to insert the tab.
Tab types include:
This sets the starting location of text which will display to the right as you
type text into this tab stop location.
This sets the position used for the middle of the text, which will centre on
this tab stop as you type in text.
This sets the right end for your text and when you enter text at this tab stop
it will move to the left.
This is used to align numbers around a decimal point.
Bar Tab stop:
This displays a vertical bar at the tab stop location.
NOTE: There are two more options,
but these relate to indents rather than tab stops.
Click on this control and then click on the top part of the horizontal ruler
where you would like the first line of that paragraph to begin.
Click on this control then click the bottom half of the horizontal ruler where
you would like all the lines after the first line of the paragraph to be
To move a Tab Stop left or right you
can drag it using the mouse pointer (with the mouse button pressed down when
you are dragging the tab stop).
To delete a Tab Stop drag it off the
Ruler (with the mouse button pressed down when you are dragging the Tab Stop).
- Open a document called Tabs.
- Select the data within the document as
- Click on the Ruler above the start of the text '2005 Sales', as illustrated.
- Drag this tab stop to the right, as
- Click on the Ruler at the start of the text '2006 Sales' as illustrated.
- Drag the tab stop to the right, so that the
data now looks like this.
To change the tab type, double click on one of the tab stops on your Ruler and
you will see the Tabs dialog
box. Experiment with changing the tab
types of each of your Tab Stops and check the effect of your changes.
- Try deleting one of your tab stops by
dragging it off the Ruler. Use the Undo key to reverse this deletion.
- When you have finished experimenting, save
your changes and close the document.
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