PowerPoint enables you to set tab stops to control the placement of text within a text object. However in most PowerPoint presentations, each paragraph is indented according to its level in the outline, and the template that you used. If you want to change tabs and indents:


Click the Slide button to switch to Normal View.

And poof! You’re normal.


Display the Ruler

Rulers appear above and to the left of the presentation window and show the current tab and indentation settings. PowerPoint has four distinct types of tabs: left, right, center, and decimal. The square button that appears at the far-left side of the ruler when you select text tells you which type of tab is added when you click the ruler. Click this button to cycle through the four types of tabs:


Select the text object whose tabs or indents you want to change.

Each text object has its own tabs and indents setting. After you click a text object, the ruler shows that object’s tabs and indents.


Click the ruler to add a tab stop.

A tab stop appears.


Grab the indentation control and then drag it to change the indentation.

The top upside-down triangle sets the indentation for the first line of the paragraph, the middle triangle sets the indentation for the remaining lines of the paragraph, and the box at the bottom sets the indentation for the paragraph.

To remove a tab stop, use the mouse to drag the tab stop off the ruler.