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How to Change the Tab Settings on Your PowerPoint 2007 Slides

PowerPoint displays tab stop markers on the ruler. By default, PowerPoint tab stops are left-aligned. PowerPoint offers two ways to change tab settings: Open the Tabs dialog box from the Home tab or with the ruler. The advantage of using the ruler is that you can actually see how text is realigned when you change the tab settings because the text moves. Using the Tabs dialog box to change tab settings is kind of difficult because you can’t see how the text is realigned until you click OK and close the dialog box.

Select the paragraphs with tab settings to change and follow these steps to create a tab setting with the ruler:


Click the View tab and then click the Ruler check box.

The Ruler displays.


Click the Tab box on the left side until you see the symbol of the kind of tab stop you want.

You can choose left, center, right, or decimal to align your tabs.


Click the ruler where you want the tab stop to be.

The marker on the ruler tells you which kind of tab stop you created. You can put as many tab stops on the ruler, as you want this way. When you place a new tab stop on the ruler, all default tab stops to the left of the one you created are removed.

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