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Tabs in PowerPoint – Instructions

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Tabs in PowerPoint- Instructions: A picture of a user applying tab stops to a text box in PowerPoint.

Tabs in PowerPoint: Overview

            To apply tabs in PowerPoint to text, first ensure that you can view the ruler. To show the ruler, if needed, click the “View” tab in the Ribbon. Then check the “Ruler” checkbox in the “Show” button group.

            The “Tab” button appears in the upper-left corner of the slide area when selecting text in “Normal” presentation view. The “Tab” button toggles between the four types of tabs each time you click it. The available types of tabs in PowerPoint are: “Left,” “Center,” “Right,” and “Decimal.”

            Select the paragraphs in the text-containing object for which you want to set tab stops. Then click the “Tab” button until it shows the type of tab stop to apply on the button’s face. Then click into the white part of the horizontal ruler at the place where you want to set the tab. Doing that then creates the tab stop in the ruler for the selected paragraphs.

Tabs in PowerPoint- Instructions: A picture of a user applying tab stops to a text box in PowerPoint.

Tabs in PowerPoint- Instructions: A picture of a user applying tab stops to a text box in PowerPoint.

            To delete tabs in PowerPoint for a selected paragraph, click and drag a tab stop from the horizontal ruler. Then drop it into the slide area. You can set tabs in PowerPoint before typing text within a paragraph or after typing text. Also note that tab stops are set, and can only be changed, on a per-paragraph basis.

Tabs in PowerPoint: Instructions

  1. To apply tabs in PowerPoint to text, ensure you can view the ruler by clicking the “View” tab in the Ribbon.
  2. To enable the ruler, if needed, check the “Ruler” checkbox in the “Show” button group.
  3. The “Tab” button appears in the upper-left corner of the slide area in “Normal” view when you select text.
  4. Select the paragraphs in the text-containing object for which you want to set tab stops.
  5. Click the “Tab” button until the button’s face shows the tab stop type you want: “Left,” “Center,” “Right,” or “Decimal.”
  6. Then click into the white part of the horizontal ruler at the place where you want to set the tab.
  7. To delete tabs in PowerPoint for a selected paragraph, click and drag a tab stop from the horizontal ruler.
  8. Then drop it into the slide area.
  9. You can set the tab stops before typing text in a paragraph or after typing text.
  10. Also note that tab stops are set, and can only be changed, on a per-paragraph basis.

Tabs in PowerPoint: Video Lesson

            The following video lesson, titled “Using Tabs,” shows you how to use tabs in PowerPoint. This video lesson is from our complete PowerPoint training, titled “Mastering PowerPoint Made Easy v.2016-2013.”

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