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Format Tabs Click inside the Tab stop position box and type the ruler position for the first tab, for example, 1.25. Next, choose the Alignment for the tab stop. Five alignments are used for tab stops: Left These tabs are Word's default and the type most users think of when they think of tabs. Text is aligned against the left edge of the tab stop. Center These tabs align the text around the center of the tab stop. Right These tabs align text against the tab stop's right edge and are a great way to align the rightmost digits of lengthy lists of numbers as you enter them. Decimal These tabs align numbers (or text) based on decimal points. They are great for aligning currency figures. Be careful, though. Text is also aligned on decimals, so if you type a sentence with a period, the period will align on the tab stop. Bar These tabs do not create an actual tab stop. Rather, they create a vertical line at the position where they are inserted. This is great for putting vertical lines between tabbed columns in instances where you would rather not use a table. If the tab needs a leader (a character leading up to it), choose one--the second leader option (dots) is the most popular. The leader should be set for any text that needs some- thing to draw the reader's eye in a straight line from text on the left to text on the right, such as topics and page numbers in a table of contents. The leader would be applied to the second of these two tabs, the text to which the reader's eye will be led by the dots. As you build tab stops, their positions are listed on the left side of the dialog box. Create Signature Lines with Tabs Create underlines for a signature using the underscore leader (option 4). This way, underlines can be lined up with text un- derneath. For example, the word "signature" could be lined up with a line above it for a person to actually sign on. To have two underlines on the same page, set up three tabs, but use no un- derscore leader on the middle one. Note that this method doesn't work for text that will be typed into the document, be- cause the typing will break up the underline rather than ap- pearing on top of it. As soon as all of your tabs are set, click the OK button. The dialog box closes, and the ruler displays tab stop markers for each of your tab positions. The markers themselves indicate the alignment set for each tab. Adjust tab stop positions by dragging the markers on the ruler or by reopening the Tabs dialog box to clear unwanted tabs and replace them with new ones. To remove a tab by using the dialog box, select the position, and click the Clear button. Format Chapter 8:Format | 219