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What Are Tabs?

Tabs provide a way for you to control the indentation and vertical alignment of text in your document. When you press the Tab key, Word inserts a tab in the document; this moves the cursor—and any text to the right of it—to the next tab stop. By default, Word has tab stops at 1/2-inch intervals across the width of the page. You can modify the location of tab stops and control the way text aligns at a tab stop.

Types of Tab Stops

There are four types of tab stops, and each aligns text differently:


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