By using tab stops in your document, you can create uniformly spaced text. And, unlike if you were to just enter a bunch of spaces to separate text, tabs ensure your text remains properly aligned. Each time you press the Tab key, the cursor moves to the next tab stop. By default, Word has left tab stops set at every half-inch, but you can create your own tab stops in a specific position or change the location of the existing tab stops.
Before you start adjusting tab stops, make sure to turn on both formatting marks and the ruler. The formatting marks make it easy to see what's going on in your document, especially when it comes to tabs. The ruler is necessary to easily add, move, and remove tab stops.
Click the Show/Hide ¶ button on the Home tab.
Each space is represented by a dot (·) each pilcrow (¶) is a new paragraph, and each arrow (→) is a tab.
If you want to create an additional tab at an exact location, you can use a custom tab stop.
Click the Home tab.
Click the Paragraph dialog box launcher.
Type a tab stop position.
Select the type of tab stop you want to use in the Alignment section.
You can set a tab leader here, which is a series of dots, dashes, or line that extends across the empty space added by a tab. These are very helpful when you need to line up information across multiple lines, like in a directory or table of contents.
The tab stop is added. You can repeat the process to add more tab stops.
The tab stops you set are added to the selected paragraph.
Click the Clear button in the Tabs dialog box to remove a single tab stop or click the Clear All button to remove all tab stops.