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This article describes how to change the default tab stops so that everynew document you create that is based on the Normal template will have thesame default tab stop settings.
When you change the Default Tab Stops option in the Tabs dialog box, Wordsets the default tabs stops for the current document only. New documentswill not reflect the change.
When you create a new document based on the Normal template, the defaulttab stop settings occur every 0.5 inch. Therefore, to make certain all newdocuments have the same default tab settings, you must open the Normaltemplate file and make the change to the template. To modify your Normaltemplate, follow these steps:
On the File menu, click Open.
Under Select a Document, switch to the Templates folder (the default folder is, Macintosh HD:Microsoft Office 98:Templates), select Normal, and then click Open.
On the Format menu, click Tabs.
Change Default Tab Stops to the desired value.
On the File menu, click Save.
Close the template.
Now when you create a new document (based on the Normal template), thedefault tabs stops will be based on the change just made to the Normaltemplate.
NOTE: You can set the default tab stops in any template, with thisprocedure, but instead of opening the Normal template, open the desiredtemplate and make the same changes in steps 2-6.
For additional information, please see the following article in theMicrosoft Knowledge Base:
142099 WD: How to Change Default Tabs Stops Globally in Microsoft Word
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