How to Set a Leader Tab in Word 2010

By Dan Gookin

Using the Tabs dialog box in Word 2010 to set tab stops is the left-brain method. And you can set a leader tab only in the Tabs dialog box (the Ruler doesn’t offer this option). A leader tab produces a row of dots, underlining (in a fashion) the tab character:

1Select the text in your document to which you want to add leader tabs as a block.

You can select text in several ways, including clicking-and-dragging over the text.

The paragraph options dialog box.

2Click the Dialog Box Launcher button in the lower-right corner of the Paragraph group on the Home tab.

The Paragraph dialog box appears.

Word's Tabs dialog box opens

3Click the Tabs button in the lower-left corner.

The Tabs dialog box opens.

An open list in Word.

4Select the tab stop from the Tab Stop Position list.

For example, in this figure, the right tab stop shows up in the Tab Stop Position list as 4″.

5In the Leader area, select the leader style that you want to use.

None means “no leader,” and it’s selected already. Select one of the other three options.

6Click the Set button.

Don’t click OK before you set the tab stop to add the leader. This step is the one you’ll screw up most often.

7Click OK.

After clicking the Set button, you can click OK to close the Tabs dialog box and gawk at your text.