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How to Set a Tab in the Word 2007 Tabs Dialog Box

Most times, you can use the Ruler to set tab stops in your Word 2007 documents. However, you can use the Tabs dialog box when you need to be more precise.

  1. Summon the Paragraph dialog box.

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  2. In the Paragraph dialog box, click the Tabs button.

    The Tabs dialog box appears.

    The Tabs button is located in the lower-left corner of the Paragraph dialog box.
    The Tabs button is located in the lower-left corner of the Paragraph dialog box.
  3. Type an exact tab stop position.

    Type the tab stop position in the Tab Stop position box. This example uses 1.1875 to set a tab at exactly that spot.

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  4. Choose the type of tab stop from the Alignment area.

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  5. Click the Set button.

    The Set button — not the OK button — is what creates the tab stop. After you click Set, your tab stop is placed on the list below the Tab Stop Position dialog box. (You may notice that numbers are rounded to the nearest tenth; Word interprets 1.1875 as 1.9, for example.)

  6. Continue setting tabs.

    Repeat Steps 3 through 5 for as many tabs as you need to set.

  7. Click OK.

    The tabs you set affect the current paragraph or a selected group of paragraphs. If the Ruler is visible, you can see the tabs and adjust them by using the mouse.

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