The RTF Style Template Editor supports left, right, center and decimal tabs. Tabs are very useful for creating columns and tables. A paragraph can have as many as twenty tab positions.
A tab usually applies to every line of the current paragraph. However, if you highlight a block of text before setting a tab, the tab then applies to every line in the highlighted text.
You can create tabs quickly and easily using the ruler at the top of the screen. To create a:
- Left tab, click on the required tab position on the ruler; the left tab is indicated on the ruler by an L shape.
- Right tab, right-click on the required tab position on the ruler; the right tab is indicated on the ruler by a reversed L shape.
- Center tab, press [Shift] and click on the required tab position on the ruler; the center tab is indicated on the ruler by an inverted T shape.
- Decimal tab, press [Shift] and right-click on the required tab position on the ruler; the decimal tab stop is indicated on the ruler by an inverted T shape with a dot on the right hand side. This tab is for numbers with a decimal point; numbers scroll left from the tab until you type a point, then numbers scroll right.
You can also set tabs using the Paragraph | Set Tab menu option, which displays the Set a Tab Position dialog. This enables you to specify the tab type, and provides two advantages over the ruler: you can set the tab position with more precision and with a clear value that you can duplicate; and you can add a tab leader line (dot, hyphen, or underline).
- To clear a single tab position for selected text, select the Paragraph | Clear Tab menu option. The Clear a Tab Position dialog displays, on which you select the tab to clear.
- To clear all tab stops for selected text, select the Paragraph | Clear All Tabs menu option.
- To move a tab position using the mouse, click on the tab symbol on the ruler and drag it to the new position.
The Other | Snap To Grid menu option affects the movement of the tabs (and the paragraph indentation markers) on the ruler. When you select this option, the movements of the tab markers are locked on to an invisible grid at intervals of 1/16 inch (half a ruler division).