Create or modify a tab stop

When you insert a tab stop inside a text box in Microsoft Publisher, the tab stop marker appears on the ruler at the top of the workspace. Tab stops enable you to line up text to the left, right, center, or to a decimal character. You can also automatically insert special characters, such as dashes, dots, or lines before a tab.

Tab stop marker

In Microsoft Office Publisher 2003, you can quickly set tabs by holding down SHIFT, clicking the tab selector Button image (the square located at the left end of the horizontal ruler and the top of the vertical ruler) until it displays the type of tab that you want, and then clicking the ruler at the location that you want. Which type of tab stop should you use?

Button image A Left Tab stop sets the start position of text that will run to the right as you type.
Button image A Center Tab stop sets the position at the middle of the text. The text centers on this position as you type.
Button image A Right Tab stop sets the right end of the text. As you type, the text moves to the left.
Button image A Decimal Tab stop aligns numbers around a decimal point. Independent of the number of digits, the decimal point remains in the same position. (You can align numbers around a decimal character only. You cannot use the decimal tab to align numbers around a different character, such as a hyphen or an ampersand symbol.)

You can also double-click where you want the tab stop on the horizontal ruler. This displays the Tabs dialog box where you can set a right, center, or decimal tab stop, or add dashes, dots, or lines before a tab stop.

ShowChange default tab stops

You can change the default tab stops for all text boxes in a single publication.

  1. On the Format menu, click Tabs.
  2. In the Default tab stops box, enter the distance that you want between tab stops.

 Note   This setting applies only to other text boxes that you create in the same publication. To learn how to set formats that will apply to text boxes in all the new publications that you create, follow a link in the See Also section of this topic.

ShowCreate a new tab stop

  1. Select the paragraphs that you want to change.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • To create a new left tab stop, click where you want the tab stop on the horizontal ruler.

A tab stop marker appears on the ruler.

  • To create a new right, center, or decimal tab stop, hold down SHIFT, click the tab selector Button image (the square located at the left end of the horizontal ruler and the top of the vertical ruler) until it displays the type of tab that you want, and then click where you want the tab stop on the horizontal ruler.
  1. Click the text where you want to insert the tab, and then press the TAB key.

 Note   In a table frame, click where you want to insert a tab, and then press CTRL+TAB.

ShowRemove a tab stop

  1. Select the paragraphs that you want to change.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • To remove a single tab stop from paragraphs that have the same tab stop settings, drag the tab stop marker off the horizontal ruler.
    • To remove all tab stops from the selected paragraphs, click Tabs on the Format menu, and then click Clear All.

ShowAdd dashes, dots, or lines before a tab stop

  1. Click in a paragraph that contains the tab stop that you want to change.
  2. On the horizontal ruler, double-click the tab stop marker.
  3. Under Leader, click the option that you want, and then click OK.

ShowSet one or more tab stops at specified measurements

  1. Select the paragraphs that you want to change.
  2. On the Format menu, click Tabs.
  3. For each tab stop that you want to insert, under Tab stop position, type the position for the tab stop, and then click Set.
  4. Under Alignment and Leader, select the options that you want, and then click OK.
 
 
Applies to:
Publisher 2003