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Word 2011: Line up text properly with Tab Stops

If you’ve never been shown, you’ll be one of the countless number of people who never use tab stop. Right up until a couple of years ago I never knew of this either, yet it is one of the most useful featires in any word processor to keep your documents looking neat and professional.

What’s a tab stop?
A tab stop is an invisible vertical line which runs down your page. With a magic button (TAB) your cursor will jump to it. It’s very useful for writing lists of text in columns.Think of an invoice with a list of prices listed on the right hand side. A tab-stop will keep it nicely lined up.

Create your tab stops and keep your text looking smart. Normally a left aligned tab-stop is used for standard text and a right aligned tab-stop is used for numbers to keep all the units lined up. Take a look below to see how to do it…

 

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We asked for Luke to come in for a training day with our staff since we were taking over the running of a Mac office and all had very little experience of using them. We found the half a day of training exceptionally useful. We were taught basic things, however we could already see that they would greatly increase our productivity and understanding of how to get the best out of using the Mac computers. The session was the best of both worlds of being taught the basics that we were lacking but without going too basic and wasting time. Will definitely be getting Luke back in again soon!

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