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.
Setting tabs using the Tabs dialog box example in Word 365

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 Layout tab, click the dialog box launcher:

Paragraph Launcher in Word 365

   3.   In the Paragraph dialog box, click Tabs... button:

Tabs in Word 365

   4.   In the Tabs dialog box:

Tabs in Word 365
  • Using decimal numbers, type the position of the tab stop that you want to set in the Tab Stop Position box
  • In the Alignment group, select the tab style that you want: Left, Center, Right, Decimal, or Bar.
  • 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.
  • Click Set to set the tab stop. The Tab stop positions list box displays your tab stops after you set them.
  • Repeat these steps to set additional tab stops.

   5.   Click OK to close the Tabs dialog box.

See also this tip in French: Comment définir des tabulations à l'aide de la boîte de dialogue Tabulations.

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