How to Create a Two-Tab Paragraph in Word 2010

By Dan Gookin

You can use tabs in a Word 2010 document to form an item list in which the paragraph text remains in the rightmost column. Creating a Word two-tab paragraph combines both paragraph- and tab-formatting skills:

1On a new line of a Word document, type the item for the first column.

The shorter, the better.

2Press Tab, and then type the second column's text and press Tab again.

This step is optional; you can create a simpler tab-paragraph list.

3Type the paragraph text.

Unlike with the first two items, you’re free to type a lot of text here. That’s because this final paragraph column will wrap.

4Press Enter to end the line and start a new line.

Don’t let the ugly text format fool you at this point. The text beautifies itself when you add the tab stops.

5Repeat Steps 1 through 4 for all items in the tab-paragraph list.

When you’re done, you can set the tab stops.

The Word ruler.

6Click the View Ruler button to show the Ruler if it doesn't already appear.

The Ruler opens, displaying all its handy tab things.

7Select all the lines of text you want to organize into a tab-tab-paragraph list.

You can select text in a number of ways, including clicking-and-dragging over the text.

8Slide the Hanging Indent triangle to the 3-inch position on the Ruler.

The paragraph appears.

9Click the Tab gizmo until it's selected Left Tab.

You should see the Left Tab symbol in the margin.

10Click the mouse to set a tab stop at 1.5 inches.

The second column snaps into place.

Using tabs to create a list on Word.

11Adjust the tab stop and hanging indent triangle, as necessary.

With the text still selected, you can slide the tab stop and the Hanging Indent things on the Ruler to the left or right to adjust the look of your tab-tab-paragraph. Whatever looks best works best.