Set or clear a tab stop

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PowerPoint

Word

You can set the following types of tab stops:

Tab stop

Description

Left tab

A Left Tab stop sets the start position of text that will then run to the right as you type.

Center tab

A Center Tab stop sets the position of the middle of the text. The text centers on this position as you type.

Right tab

A Right Tab stop sets the right end of the text. As you type, the text moves to the left.

Decimal tab

A Decimal Tab stop aligns numbers around a decimal point. Independent of the number of digits, the decimal point will be in the same position. (You can align numbers around a decimal character only; you cannot use the decimal tab to align numbers around a different character, such as a hyphen or an ampersand symbol.)

Bar tab

A Bar Tab stop doesn't position text. It inserts a vertical bar at the tab position.

Do any of the following:

Set a tab stop using the ruler

  1. On the View menu, click Print Layout.

  2. Select the text in which you want to set a tab stop.

    Tip: To set a tab for an entire document, select all text. The keyboard shortcut is COMMAND + A .

  3. On the View menu, make sure there's a check mark next to Ruler.

  4. Click the tab selector at the left end of the ruler, and then click the type of tab that you want.

  5. Click the bottom border of the ruler where you want to set the tab stop.

Set a tab stop by using the dialog box

If you want your tab stops at precise positions that you can't get by clicking the ruler, or if you want to insert a specific character (leader) before the tab, you can use the Tabs dialog box.

  1. On the View menu, click Print Layout.

  2. On the View menu, make sure there's a check mark next to Ruler.

  3. At the far left of the horizontal ruler, click Tab stop button , and then click Tabs.

  4. Under Tab stop position, type the location where you want to set the tab stop.

  5. Under Alignment, click the type of tab stop that you want.

  6. To add dots with your tab stop, or to add another type of leader, under Leader click the type of leader that you want.

  7. Click Set.

Remove a tab stop

  1. On the View menu, click Print Layout.

  2. Select the text from which you want to remove a tab stop.

  3. On the View menu, make sure there's a check mark next to Ruler.

  4. Drag the tab marker off the ruler.

PowerPoint

You can set the following types of tab stops:

Tab stop

Description

Left tab

A Left Tab stop sets the start position of text that will then run to the right as you type.

Center tab

A Center Tab stop sets the position of the middle of the text. The text centers on this position as you type.

Right tab

A Right Tab stop sets the right end of the text. As you type, the text moves to the left.

Decimal tab

A Decimal Tab stop aligns numbers around a decimal point. Independent of the number of digits, the decimal point will be in the same position. (You can align numbers around a decimal character only; you cannot use the decimal tab to align numbers around a different character, such as a hyphen or an ampersand symbol.)

Bar tab

A Bar Tab stop doesn't position text. It inserts a vertical bar at the tab position.

Do any of the following:

Set a tab stop using the ruler

  1. Select the text in which you want to set a tab stop.

    Tip: To set a tab for an entire document, select all text. The keyboard shortcut is COMMAND + A .

  2. On the View menu, click Ruler.

  3. Click the tab selector at the left end of the ruler until it displays the type of tab that you want.

  4. Click the ruler where you want to set the tab stop.

Remove a tab stop

  1. Select the text from which you want to remove a tab stop.

  2. On the View menu, click Ruler.

  3. Drag the tab marker off the ruler.

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