Word 2013 For Dummies
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Tabs in Word 2013 can also be used to form an item list where the paragraph text remains in the rightmost column. It combines both paragraph- and tab-formatting skills. Follow these steps to create a list:

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

    The shorter, the better.

  2. Press Tab.

    This will tab over to the next column.

  3. Type the second column's text and press Tab.

    This step is optional; you can create a simpler tab-paragraph list, but without the Planet column (and spaced accordingly).

  4. Type the paragraph text.

    Unlike with the first two items, you're free to type more text here. That's because this final

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

    Don't let the ugly look of your text deceive you at this point. The text beautifies itself when you add the tab stops.

  6. Repeat Steps 1 above for all items in the tab-paragraph list.

    When you're done, you can set the tab stops. You need the ruler for the next step.

  7. Bid the ruler appear, if need be.

    This is an optional step.

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

    Highlight the desired text.

  9. Slide the Hanging Indent triangle to the 2-inch position on the ruler.

    As an alternative, you can click the Tab gizmo until the Hanging Indent icon appears. Then click the ruler at the 2-inch position.

  10. Ensure that the Left tab stop is chosen on the Tab gizmo.

    The margin shows the Left Tab symbol.

  11. Click the mouse to set a tab stop at 1 inch.

    The second column snaps into place.

  12. Adjust the tab stop and hanging indent triangle as necessary.


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

You can vary these rules to have a tab-paragraph or even a triple-tab-paragraph. The more tabs you have, the tighter the paragraph becomes in the last column, so be careful.

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