Thursday, January 24, 2008

Word 2007: Use the new Alignment Tab feature to align text with margins

With Word 2007's new Alignment Tab feature you no longer need to adjust tabs when a document's margin changes. Alignment Tabs align data relative to the margin, so if you change the margin, Word realigns the text automatically. By default, Alignment tabs can only be placed in the Header or Footer section of a document (Insert ribbon, Header & Footer group). But, you can use this feature in the body of your document by adding the Insert Alignment Tab command to your Quick Access toolbar.

  1. On the Header & Footer Tools, Design ribbon, Position group, click InsertAlignment Tab.
    Right-click the Insert Alignment Tab command and select Add To Quick Access Toolbar.
  2. Select the appropriate options for your document and then click OK.
  3. Type your tabbed text. Now, if you change the margin size, the tab stops readjust automatically to align with the margins.