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How to Use the Center Tab Stop in Word 2007

By Dan Gookin

The Center Tab Stop feature in Word 2007 enables you to center text in a line without having to center the entire line. Unlike centering a paragraph, only text placed at the center tab stop is centered. This is ideal for centering something in a header or footer, which is about the only time you use this type of tab stop.

In this example, the text on the left is at the start of the paragraph, which is left justified. But the text typed after the tab is centered on the line.

1Start a new paragraph, one containing text that you want to center.

Center tabs are found in one-line paragraphs.

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2Summon the Ruler, if necessary.

Click the View Ruler button to display the Ruler if it’s hidden.

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3Set a center tab.

Click the Tab gizmo until a center tab appears.

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4Click the mouse on the light gray part of the Ruler to set the tab.

Optionally, type some text to start the line.

The text you type should be short; it appears only at the start of the line.

5Press the Tab key.

The insertion pointer hops over to the center tab stop.

6Type the text to center.

As you type, the text is centered on the line. Don’t type too much; remember that the center tab is a single-line thing.

7Press Enter to end the line of text.

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