In this tutorial, I will review tab in ms word. You will know What is Tab, Types of Tab, insert or delete tab. For newbies, you probably won’t know what the Tab key is for. Whether I use Word or any other software, I rarely use the Tab key. But in fact the Tab key has a lot of great uses. For example, when you align, create dots, … Tab is a very useful key.
And to share with you about this issue, in today’s article, I will guide you how to format Tab in word in a simple and effective way!
I. What is Tab in ms word?
Tab is a feature that is applied to format paragraph and present templates such as reports, contracts, forms … It helps you do the job quickly, effectively and make your document more beautiful and professional.
II. Default Tab
When you press the Tab key on the keyboard, the cursor will jump a distance, the default distance is 1.27 cm. That is the default gap of a Tab.
To change this default gap is actually very simple. Just do as following: Right-click on an empty space in Word page and select Paragraph … Then select Tabs at the lower left corner.
At this time a dialog box will appear like picture below.
Look to the Default tab Stops section. You can change the default Tab by adjusting increase or decrease the value, depending on your needs, then click OK to finish.
Now whenever you press Tab, the cursor will move exactly the same distance value of gap you have entered.
III. Types of Tab.
Five kinds of Tab include: Left Tab, Right Tab, Center Tab, Decimal Tab and Bar Tab.
To enable these Tab, you must first enable the Ruler bar. To do this, simply go to View and check at the box Ruler.
Left Tab: Used to sort content starting from the Tab position and aligned to the left margin.
Left click at the intersection between the two horizontal and vertical rulers outside the margin, select the left tab symbol (looks like the letter L).
Next in the horizontal ruler bar click on the position you want. Then when you press Tab on the keyboard, immediately the cursor will move to the corresponding position that you have placed Tab on the ruler. The typing will start from left to right from the left Tab set.
Right Tab: Content starts from the Tab position and aligns to the right.
The method is the same with when using Left Tab. When you start typing it will start from the right to the left.
Center Tab: Content starts at the center of the Tab position and is evenly aligned to the left and right sides of the Tab.
Decimal Tab: Is used to align decimals.
Bar Tab: This is a special Tab, it places a vertical line at the Tab position and through the text lines of the selected paragraph.
So I have introduced you to 5 types of Tab already, depending on the cases that you should use Tab effectively.
IV. Delete Tab in ms word.
When you put the Tab in the wrong position, you have to delete the old Tab and then reset it. To delete a Tab in Word, you can drag the cursor to the Tab position on the ruler bar, then hold the left mouse and drag the Tab down from the ruler bar.
To delete multiple tabs, right-click and select Paragraph, next select Tabs. Look down and choose Clear all then click OK, immediately all the Tab will be removed.
Or you can double-click at one of the Tabs to quickly open the Paragraph box and continue to do the rest.
So in today’s article I have instructed you about Tab in Word, and how to use tabs in Word.
In part 2, I will guide you more carefully on how to use Tab with specific exercises, see you in the next section
Hope this article is useful for you, wish you success!
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