Answered By: Shawna Burtis
Last Updated: Jul 17, 2023     Views: 1582

Using the Ruler for Tabs

In Microsoft Word the Ruler helps to set tabs, to change a line's indentation or alignment. 

Step 1:

Turn on the Ruler by clicking on the View, and select the checkbox to indicate Ruler. 

Step 2:

Click on the Tabs icon on the left side of the ruler to select the type of tab you would like to add.  


Tab image A Left tab stop sets the left end of the text line.

Center Tab button A Center tab stop sets the position at the middle of the text line. As you type, the text centers on this position.

Tab image A Right tab stop sets the right end of the text line. 

Tab image A Decimal tab stop aligns numbers around a decimal point.

Bar Tab button A Bar tab stop doesn't position text. It inserts a vertical bar at the tab position. 


Download these instructions as a PDF: 

 MS Word: Using the Ruler for Tabs/Indents

For more resources, see the MS Word: Tabs and MS Word: Using Tabs for Dot Leaders in a Table of Contents resources. 

Office 365/MS Word 2016

Walden students have access to both Office 365 and the desktop version, MS Word 2016. Office 365 does not offer the full functionality of MS Word so we recommend students use the desktop version of MS Word (Word 2016). The Customer Care Team offers Technology Support for Office 365 and instructions for downloading Office 2016 to your computer.

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