How to Set Leader Tabs in Word 2007 - dummies

How to Set Leader Tabs in Word 2007

By Dan Gookin

There’s only one task that must be done in the Word 2007 Tabs dialog box that you cannot do with the Ruler: Set a leader tab. But what is a leader tab?

A leader tab produces a row of dots or lines, underlining the tab character. Three styles are available:

  • Dot leader tabs180

  • Line leader tabs180

  • Underline leader tabs180

Although you can apply a leader tab to any tab stop in Word other than the bar tab, it’s used most often with right tab stops.

To add the leader to the tabbed list you’ve created, follow these steps:

  1. Select the text as a block.

  2. Bring forth the Tabs dialog box.


    Click the Tabs button at the bottom of the Paragraph dialog box.

    First, summon the Paragraph dialog box by clicking the Dialog Box Launcher button in the lower-right corner of the Paragraph group, on the Home tab. Then click the Tabs button to display the Tabs dialog box.

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

    For example, the right tab stop shows up in the Tab Stop Position list as 4″. Click to select that item in the list.

  4. In the Leader area, choose the leader style.


    Choose one of the three other options.

  5. Click the Set button.

    Don’t click OK before you set the tab stop to add the leader!

  6. Click OK.

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