Tab Support

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.

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Create and Set Tabs

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

 

Notes:

  • 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)