Indents and Tabs are great tools for creating accurately spaced indents, numbering, and bullet points in PowerPoint.
Learning how to use Tabs will save you
- and Gray hairs!
What Are “Tabs”?
Indents and Tabs are “stops” on the ruler that help you evenly indent your text to a specific spot each time hit the tab button. When you press the Tab button on your keyboard, PowerPoint moves your text over using a default increment.
The beauty behind customizing your own Tabs is the freedom to adjust your Indents and Bulleted Lists with ease. Once you set your Tabs (for each text box) you can tab over and everything will line up without spending more time trying to make sure your text is aligned. If you’ve ever tried to line text up by simply hitting the space bar, you’ll know that it’s hard to get everything perfectly lined up. Tabs will do this for you.
Here’s how to find the ruler.
In order to use the tabs, you will need to make your ruler visible.
Step 1: Click on View
Step 2: Click on Ruler
Now that you can see your Ruler, you will be able to adjust the tabs of each text box. Note: that each text box has it’s own set of tabs. If you want to create several text boxes with the same tabs, set the tabs on a box and then duplicate it by pressing Ctl + D on your keyboard.
How Do I Adjust The Tabs?
Step 1: Click in (or create a new) text box. *You should see these little notches appear on your ruler- These are the tabs you will be using.
Step 2: Paste your text into your box or start typing in your information.
Step 3: Select your text and you can start customizing your tabs.
Here’s what these Tabs do.
What Tab Does What?
We labeled each tab, in the image on the right. Here is what each tab controls.
1. Top Tab- This controls how far the First line of each paragraph can be indented. *You will need to adjust this for each paragraph.
2. Bottom Tab (top)- This controls the indentation of all the lines after the First line of each paragraph. *You will need to adjust this for each paragraph.
3. Bottom Tab (bottom)- This controls the indentation of the entire paragraph (all lines in a paragraph).
4. Secondary Tabs- This controls a new indentation and a paragraph recognizes this before the smaller (Tertiary tabs) which use PowerPoint’s default settings. *You will need to adjust this for each paragraph.
5. Tertiary Tabs- This controls the smaller increments if you would like to tab over a bit. For the most part the PowerPoint default will work. These are adjustable as well. *You will need to adjust this for each paragraph if needed.
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For more information on Indent and Tab settings go to Microsoft.com
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