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Tabs provide a consistent place within a paragraph or story where you canposition text for a list or table, or to indent a line of text. Publisherhas a preset tab stop every .5 inch.
You can also set your own tabs when, for example, you want to format thecolumn of a table so that the column is center aligned, right aligned, ordecimal aligned (that is, the numbers are aligned on the decimal point).
Left Aligned Center Aligned Decimal Aligned Right Aligned ------------ -------------- --------------- ------------- 12345 12345 123.45 Right 6789012 6789012 12.34 Aligned
You can also format a tab with "leaders" (characters that print in the tabspace). Leaders are useful for drawing attention to items in a list andmake 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 tableare followed by a page number. The leader is a solid line or a series ofdots or dashes that you can set so that when you press the TAB key, theleader is created up to the very next tab stop. For example:
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