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Tabs provide a consistent place within a paragraph or story where you can position text for a list or table, or to indent a line of text. Publisher has a preset tab stop every .5 inch.
You can also set your own tabs when, for example, you want to format the column of a table so that the column is center aligned, right aligned, or decimal aligned (that is, the numbers are aligned on the decimal point).
You can also format a tab with "leaders" (characters that print in the tab space). Leaders are useful for drawing attention to items in a list and make it easy for the eye to find which list item belongs on which line. This is commonly used in a table of contents where the entries in the table are followed by a page number. The leader is a solid line or a series of dots or dashes that you can set so that when you press the TAB key, the leader is created up to the very next tab stop. For example:
Left Aligned Center Aligned Decimal Aligned Right Aligned ------------ -------------- --------------- ------------- 12345 12345 123.45 Right 6789012 6789012 12.34 Aligned
You can choose leaders at the same time you set tabs, or they can be added to already existing tab settings.
To Set a Tab Stop
To Set the Alignment of Tabs
To Set Tab Leaders
Article ID: 122481 - Last Review: August 16, 2005 - Revision: 2.1
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