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Welcome to Lesson 3 of the Intermediate Microsoft Word Tutorial. In this lesson we will cover tabs. I hope you enjoy the lesson.

Quick Tabs

Step 1: Click the Ruler

To quickly set a tab, click on the ruler. Wherever you clicked on the ruler, a new left tab will appear.

Step 2: Pull off Tabs

You can pull off tabs you have set by dragging them off of the ruler.

Step 3: Move a Tab

Click and hold down the mouse on a tab set, and a vertical line will appear. You can then drag to another position on the ruler.

Step 4: Screen Tips

When you pause the mouse over a tab set, a Screen Tip will appear telling you what type of tab it is. To change the type of tab from a left to a right, center or decimal tab, click on the L shaped icon on the left side of the ruler.

Set Tabs

Step 1: Set a Tab Stop on the Ruler

To set a tab stop on the ruler, first select the type of tab alignment. By default, the Left Tab alignment is selected. To select another, you must cycle through the selections. Each click on the alignment button displays a different tab alignment symbol (hover your mouse pointer over the button to display the tab alignment name).

Step 2: Click in Place

On the ruler, click where you want the tab inserted; the tab symbol is added to the ruler.

Step 3: Apply a Tab

To use the new tab stop, place the cursor at the beginning of the line and press Tab, or place your cursor in front of the text you want to reposition and then press Tab. The tab is in effect until you change it to another setting.

Step 4: Open the Tabs Dialog Box

Another way to set tabs is to use the Tabs dialog box. Open the Format menu and choose Tabs.

Step 5: Enter a Tab Stop

In the Tab stop position text box, enter a new tab stop measurement. Use the Alignment options to change the tab stop alignment.

Step 6: Exit the Dialog Box

Click OK to exit the dialog box. The new tab stop is ready to go.