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How to use Decimal Tabs to align numbers in Microsoft Word

When you are typing text in Word, you want to be very organised and uniform, especially when it comes to the way you present figures. This is much harder to do with decimal points, even when you are using a table with rows and columns.

This is where decimal tabs come in. Setting a decimal tab while dealing with numbers aligns numbers, such as currency values, measurements of distance, weight appropriately in a column. The decimal points for each number will align with the one before and after it, and so on.

Below is a simple step-by-step guide to help you achieve this.

  1. Make sure your ruler is shown on your screen.
  2. If you do not see your ruler going across the top of your page, go to the view tab, and on it, there is a ruler choice.
  • Check the ruler box, and your ruler will appear.
  • On the vertical ruler to the left of your screen is a button with a capital L on it, and if you hover your pointer right on it, it will show you that it is a left tab. So this is where we are going to select our preferred tab, the decimal tab.
  • When you click this tab once, twice, thrice, and so on, the L keeps changing to signal different kinds of tabs available to you. Our area of interest is the upside-down T with a dot to its right. When you find it, stop clicking.
  • Now, go to the horizontal ruler and select where you want your decimal stop to be positioned. You may relocate it later by clicking and dragging it.

As you can see, we have selected the 2-inch mark.

  • Go to the section of your document where you want to type numbers with decimals and click it.
  • After you have done this, press the tab key.

You will see that the flashing insertion has moved to the 2-inch mark.

  • Start typing your figures. You will notice that as you type your figure onto the line, it aligns with the selected position of the tab stop.
  1. When you click ‘Enter’ to move to the following line, and then press Tab on your keyboard, the decimal point in that figure will align with the one above it. 

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