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3. Formatting, Printing, and Table Hacks > 16. Tab Me to Your Leader

Tab Me to Your Leader

Tables have superseded tab stops, which have largely gone the way of the IBM Selectric typewriter. However, tabs are still the best tool for the job when working with leaders. This hack offers some tips for taming those tabs.

People often use tab leaders to fill the spaces between entry spots on forms filled out by hand, such as job applications or fundraising pledge forms (see Figure 3-7).

Underscore leaders used to underline fill-in spots
Figure 3-7. Underscore leaders used to underline fill-in spots

Many of these forms are created in what can only be called The Hard Way: you type the first entry, then type a series of underscores to the next item, and then fill the rest of the line with underscores. This method will cause trouble for the person responsible for maintaining the form for two reasons:


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