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In Microsoft Visio, the text ruler lets you adjust the left, right, and first indents. Additionally, the ruler lets you specify tab stops. The ruler is available only when you are editing a text block.
To use the ruler, you must begin to edit text by either double-clicking a shape or by typing while a shape is selected. To display a text ruler, follow these steps:
Ruler scaleThe ruler scale displays measurements at the scale of the drawing. Use the ruler scale to define positions of indents and tab stops. The scale adjusts automatically as you change the zoom factor, page units, or screen resolution. The unit of measure for the scale is either inches or centimeters, depending upon the unit of measure as defined by the page drawing scale.
Default tab stop incrementsDirectly beneath the ruler scale is a sequence of tick marks that spans the entire length of the scale and denote default tab stops. The scale adjusts automatically you change the zoom factor, page units, or screen resolution.
Ruler adjustable controlsThe ruler contains the following controls: tab icon, left indent, right indent, first indent, and hanging indent. All adjustable controls are positioned on the scale in units of measure as defined by the ruler scale.
To change the indentation of the current paragraph, drag the indent controls. While you drag the indent, Visio displays a shadow image of the indent at its original position.
Left indentThe left indent specifies the indentation from the left margin for the second and subsequent lines in a paragraph. You can only move the left indent control between the left margin and the right indent control.
Right indentThe right indent specifies the indentation from the right margin for all lines in a paragraph. You can only move the right indent control between the right margin and either the left indent control or the first indent control, whichever is farther to the right.
First indentThe first indent specifies the indentation from the left margin for the first line in a paragraph. You can place this indent either before or after the left indent. You can only move the first indent control between the left margin and the right indent control.
Hanging indentThe hanging indent lets you adjust the left and first indents together, so that they maintain the same relative offset to each other. The hanging indent control is limited in its movement by rules specified by the positions of the left and first indent controls.
Tab iconThe tab icon lets you specify the default tab stop style that Visio uses when you add new tab stops. To change to the next style, click the tab icon. The style choices are: left, right, centered, and decimal.
Tab stopsTab stops let you align text as left, centered, right, or along a decimal point.
While you drag a tab stop, Visio displays a shadow image of the tab stop at its original position.
Article ID: 282029 - Last Review: April 11, 2007 - Revision: 4.1