Setting tabs using the Tabs dialog box

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You can add dotted, dashed, or underlined tab leaders. A tab leader links related but separate items across a page, such as entries and prices in a menu or chapters and page numbers in a table of contents.

To set tabs using the Tabs dialog box, follow these steps:

   1.   Position the insertion point in a paragraph, or select the paragraphs that you want to adjust.

   2.   On the Page Layout tab, click the dialog box launcher. In the Paragraph dialog box, click Tabs... button:

Paragraph Launcher in Word 2007

   3.   The Tabs dialog box appears:

Tabs in Word 2007

   4.   Using decimal numbers, type the position of the tab stop that you want to set in the Tab Stop Position box.

   5.   In the Alignment group, select the tab style that you want: Left, Center, Right, Decimal, or Bar.

   6.   If you want a leader, select the tab leader style that you want in the Leader group:

  • 1 None for no leader (the default setting),
  • 2 for a dotted leader,
  • 3 for a dashed leader,
  • 4 for a solid underlined leader.
Setting tabs using the Tabs dialog box example in Word 2007

   7.   Choose Set to set the tab stop. The Tab Stops list box displays your tab stops after you set them.

   8.   Repeat steps 3 through 6 to set additional tab stops.

   9.   Click OK to close the Tabs dialog box.

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