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How to Build a Two-Column Right-Stop List in Word 2010

A Word 2010 right tab may seem useless until you've seen one in action. If you want to create a two-column right-stop list in Word, you need to use the right tab. You commonly find these kinds of lists in dramatic programs, but they work just as well for a variety of purposes:

1

Start out with a blank line of text.

You can open a new document or just press the Enter key to go to the next line in the current document.

2

If the Ruler isn't displayed, click the View Ruler button.

This button appears on top of the vertical scroll bar.

3

Click the Tab gizmo on the Ruler until it shows the Right Tab option.

If the Tab gizmo already displays the Right Tab option, just skip to Step 4.

4

Click the mouse at the 4-inch position on the Ruler.

The position is just a guess at this point. Later, you can adjust the right tab stop setting to a more visually appealing one.

5

Type the left column text.

The text is left-justified, like normal.

6

Press the Tab key.

The insertion pointer hops to the right tab stop.

7

Type the right column text.

The text you type is right-justified, pushing to the left while you type.

8

Press Enter to end the line of text.

Repeat Steps 5 through 8 for each line in the list.

9

After you enter all the text, mark the text as a block, and then use the mouse to drag the right tab stop.

Drag back and forth until you find a location that looks visually appealing.

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