Setting a New Tab Stop
You can use the horizontal ruler or the Text inspector to add a new tab stop.
If the horizontal ruler is hidden, click View in the toolbar and choose Show Rulers. To
learn more about adjusting your ruler preferences see “Changing Ruler Settings” on
Blue tab symbols appear on
the horizontal ruler when you
select tabbed text.
Here are ways to create a new tab stop:
To create a new tab stop using the horizontal ruler, click the horizontal ruler to place a
tab symbol where you want to set the tab stop, and then Control-click the tab symbol.
Choose an alignment option from the shortcut menu.
Choose from among
these tab types.
You can also double-click the tab symbol repeatedly until the type of tab you
Working with Text
Working with Text
To create a new tab stop using the Text inspector, click in the document where you
want to create a new tab stop, click Inspector in the toolbar, and then click Tabs. Click
the Add (+) button in the bottom-left corner of the Tabs pane. The new tab stop
appears in the Tab Stops column.
If you want to indent a paragraph
relative to the page margins,
specify how far to indent it.
Set the default distance
For a tab stop selected in the
Tab Stops column, select how
you want the text to align.
Choose a leader line for
any tab stop selected in
the Tab Stops column.
Add or remove tab stops from
Set how far you want
the first line of each
paragraph to indent.
Type a new character
to change the character
used for decimal tabs.
To align text at the tab stop, select the tab stop, and then select an alignment option:
Left Tab: Aligns the left side of text with the tab stop.
Center Tab: Places the center of text at the tab stop.
Right Tab: Aligns the right side of text with the tab stop.
Decimal Tab: For numbers, aligns the decimal character (such as a period or comma)
with the tab stop.
To change the tab stop location, double-click the tab stop in the Tab Stops column
and type a new value.
To specify a decimal tab character for the document, type a new character in the
Decimal Tab Character field.
To add a dashed or dotted line to the tab, choose a line style from the Leader pop-up
menu. Otherwise, choose None.