How to Create a Basic Tabbed List in Word 2010 - dummies

How to Create a Basic Tabbed List in Word 2010

By Dan Gookin

In any word processor, including Word 2010, the left tab stop is the traditional type of tab stop. When writing in Word, if you press the Tab key, the insertion pointer advances to the left tab stop, where you can continue to type text. This works well for typing lists:

1On a new line of a Word document, press Tab.

Start on a line that doesn’t have anything written on it yet.

2Type the item for the first column.

This item should be short — two or three words, max.

3Press Tab and then type the item for the second column.

Again, make it short.

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

Yes, your list looks horrible! Don’t worry. Just get the data typed first and then format it.

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

After the list is finished, you set the tab stops visually by using the Ruler.

The tab button in Word's ruler.

6If the Ruler isn't displayed, click the View Ruler button.

The Ruler appears, ready to help organize.

7Select all lines of text that you want to organize into a two-column tabbed list.

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

8Click the Tab gizmo until the Left Tab icon appears.

If the icon already shows up in the Tab gizmo, you’re set.

9Click the mouse on the Ruler at the number 1, the 1-inch position.

This step sets a left tab stop at one inch. You see how the text you selected falls into place immediately.

A two-column list in Word.

10Click the mouse to set a second tab stop at the 3-inch mark.

The list looks nice and even, in two columns.

11Slide the tab stops left or right on the Ruler as needed to help clean up your list.

While you slide the tab stops, notice how a dashed vertical line extends through your text. That line shows you where text lines up.