How to Make a Right-Stop, Left-Stop List in Word 2010

By Dan Gookin

You use a righ tab in Word 2010 to right-justify text at a tab stop, allowing a single line of text to contain both right- and left-justified text. You’ve probably seen, but not recognized, examples of a right tab all over the place.

Create a centered, two-column list with a right tab stop and a left tab stop:

1Start out on a blank line, the line you want to format.

You can either start with a new document or simply press Enter to go to the next line in a document.

2Select the right tab stop from the Tab gizmo.

Keep clicking the Tab gizmo with the mouse until the right tab stop appears.

3Click the mouse at the 3-inch position on the Ruler.

If the Ruler is hidden, first click the View Ruler button to make it appear.

4Select the left tab stop from the Tab gizmo.

Click, click, click until you see the left tab stop.

5Click the mouse at the 3-1/8-inch position on the Ruler.

Don’t fret — you can change the tab stop positions when you’re just about done.

6Press the Tab key.

The insertion pointer hops over to the 3-inch stop, the right tab stop.

7Type your text.

The text is right-justified at the right tab stop.

8Press the Tab key and type your text.

The text is left-justified (normal).

9Press Enter to end the line of text.

Repeat Steps 6 through 9 for each line in the list. As long as you limit the text to one line, the list should look great.

10To make adjustments, select the list as a block and use the mouse to adjust the tab stops on the Ruler.

While you move the tab stops, a dashed line extends through your text, showing you where the text lines up.