Using Indents and Tabs

In Word 2007 indents and tabs add structure to documents. Use the MS Word indent ruler and tabs to help make documents clearer.

The tab selector

The tab selector is located above the vertical ruler on the left. Hover over the tab selector to see the name of the type of tab that's active.

Tab Selector

Tab options include:

To set a tab stop to indent the first line of text:

First Line Indent

To move a tab stop once you have inserted it, left-click and drag the tab stop back and forth on the ruler.

You can set a hanging indent the same way; however, this tab stop changes all other lines in a paragraph.

To set the left, center, right, and decimal tab stops:

Insert Tab Stops

To use Find and Replace to replace existing text:

Replace Command
Find Replace Dialog Box

You can also use the Find command to locate specific information in a document. For example, if you are working with a 20-page report, it would be time consuming to search the document for a specific topic. You can use the Find command to locate all instances of a word or phrase in the document. This is a great way to save time when working with longer documents.