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Set tab stops, align text, and adjust paragraph margins

The ruler provides text alignment and tab buttons, as well as the controls that allow you to set paragraph margins.

Image of ruler

Hide or show the ruler:

The ruler appears by default when you place the insertion point within text. You can hide it if you want.

  • To hide the ruler, tap Close button on its right end.

  • To show the ruler, tap its edge below the toolbar.

Set tab stops:

You can set up tab stops along the ruler to align text on the left, center, right, or decimal point.

  1. Place the insertion point (or select the paragraphs) where you want to apply the tab stops.

  2. Tap the markings along the ruler at the point where you want to insert a tab stop.

  3. To change the position of the tab stop, drag its icon along the ruler.

  4. To change the alignment for the tab stop, double-tap its icon in the ruler. Continue double-tapping the icon until you see the type of tab stop you want.

    • A right-pointing triangle indicates a left-aligned tab stop.

    • A diamond shape indicates a center-aligned tab stop.

    • A left-pointing triangle indicates a right-aligned tab stop.

    • A circle indicates a decimal-aligned tab stop.

    Image of ruler showing all four tab stop icons
  5. Repeat steps 2 through 4 for as many tab stops as you want to insert in the ruler.

Insert a tab in text:

If you simply insert a tab, without first setting up tab stops in the ruler, default tab spacing is inserted in the line of text. If you want specific tab stops and alignment, first set your tab stops as described in the task above.

  1. Place the insertion point in text at the point where you want to insert a tab stop, and then tap Insert.

  2. Tap Tab.

    A tab stop is inserted in the text.

  3. Type your text.

  4. Repeat the steps above to move through all the tab stops you set.

Remove a tab stop:

Touch and hold the tab stop icon in the ruler, and then drag it downward, off of the ruler.

The tab stop is removed when you lift your finger to stop dragging.

Align or justify selected body text:

  1. Place the insertion point in a paragraph, or select a range of text in the document’s body.

  2. Tap the alignment button in the ruler, and then tap Align Left, Center, Align Right, or Justify.

    If you don’t see the ruler after selecting a range of text, tap its edge below the toolbar.

    Image of alignment button in ruler

Set paragraph margins:

  1. Place the selection point within a paragraph, or select a range of paragraphs.

    If you don’t see the ruler after selecting a range of text, tap its edge below the toolbar.

  2. Do any of the following:

    • To customize the left and right paragraph margins, drag Marker Indent Left or Right button on either side of the ruler.

    • To create a hanging indent, drag Marker Indent First button to set the indentation of the first line of the paragraph.

    • To quickly indent the left side of the paragraph using default spacing, tap the Indent Increase button on the right side of the ruler.

    • To quickly decrease the left side paragraph indentation using default settings, tap the Indent Decrease button on the right side of the ruler.

To learn how to set the margins for the entire document, see Adjust text columns, column and page breaks, and page margins.

Adjust line spacing:

  1. Place the insertion point in a paragraph, or select a range of text in the document’s body.

  2. Tap Info button in the toolbar, and then tap Layout.

  3. To increase or decrease the space between lines of text, tap the Line Spacing steppers.

Align text within a text box or shape:

  1. Select some text within a text box or shape, and then tap Info button in the toolbar.

  2. Tap Style, and then tap one of the alignment buttons under Paragraph Style to align text horizontally within the text box or shape: left, center, right, or justified.

    Image of Alignment buttons
  3. Tap Layout, and then use the controls to adjust the position of the text in the text box or shape:

    • Text Alignment 
      buttons align text vertically within the text box: top, middle, or bottom.
    • Column 
      buttons adjust the number of text columns within the text box or shape.
    • Margin 
      buttons adjust the distance between the text and the edge of the text box or shape, as measured in font point size.
    • Line Spacing 
      stepper adjusts the space between all the lines of text in the paragraph in which the insertion point is placed.

To learn about making text flow around objects, see Make text and objects work together. To learn about setting the page size and other document settings, see the topics in the section: .

Last Modified: Sep 26, 2012
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