Using the Ruler

When using Word XP Ruler functions let you manipulate margins, tabs, and indents. Learn how to use the Ruler Word XP feature to format text.

Adjusting tabs and margins on the ruler

To move an existing tab or indent on the ruler:

  • Point the mouse on the tab or indent you want to move.
  • Click and hold the left mouse button until a dotted line appears below the tab.
  • Drag the mouse to move the tab or indent to a new location.
  • Release the left mouse button.

To remove a tab from the ruler:

  • Point the mouse on the tab you want to remove.
  • Click and hold the left mouse button until a dotted line appears below the tab.
  • Drag the mouse off of the ruler.
  • Release the left mouse button.

To adjust a margin using the ruler:

  • Point the mouse on the margin you want to move.
  • Click and hold the left mouse button once a double arrow appears over the margin or until a dotted line appears below.
  • Drag the mouse to increase or decrease the margin.
  • Release the left mouse button.

CompleteRemember that you can also increase or decrease your Indents by using the Increase Indent/Decrease Indent buttons on the Formatting toolbar.