How to use Right Tabs in Microsoft Word
In Word, text is automatically left aligned. However, you can set your document to align text to the right using tabs.
Below is a step-by-step guide to set right tabs in Microsoft Word.
- Make sure your ruler is shown on your screen.
- 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.
- There is a button on the far-left side 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.
- When you click on that button once, twice, thrice, it will keep changing to different kinds of tabs.
- Our area of interest in this article is the right tab. The L appears inverted (facing the opposite direction. If you are not sure and want to confirm that you have picked the right tab, leave the clicker on the ‘L’ and wait for it to display ‘right tab.’
- You also have the option of picking the size of the indent. Let us use two inches in our example. On the ruler, point to the two-inch mark (at the bottom) and click once.
- Next, press your Tab key.
- You will notice that whatever you type is right indented.
There is another way to set up right tabs that is even easier and better because you can use the Tabs dialog box to make more changes.
- To open the ‘Tabs’ dialog box, go to the home ribbon.
- Go to the paragraph area
- Click the downward-facing arrow in the corner.
This will open up the paragraph settings dialog box.
- On it, click ‘Tabs’ at the bottom, on your extreme left.
Another dialog box will appear.
- Under tabs, select ‘right.’
- Click ‘OK.’
- Before you start typing, press ‘Tab’ on your keyboard once.
- You can also add a leader to your right tab. To do this, under ‘Tab stop position,’ type (in figures) the inch mark where you would like your leader to start. Let us use the three-inch mark. For example, ‘3’.
- Under ‘Leader,’ you can either choose the dotted line, the divided line or a solid line. Let us use the dotted line.
- To make it stick, you have to click ‘Set.’ If it appears in the big window below where you typed it, that means it has been set.
- Click ‘OK.’
- Before you start typing, press ‘Tab’ once.
You will notice that the text you type is indented to the right, starting from the three-inch mark with a dotted line.
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