How to Create Tabs in Microsoft Word 2007

by Vicki Holmes

Tabs are a quick and easy way to add indentation to parts of your Word document. Tabs help you control the structure of your document by adding levels of text, paragraphs or points. For example, adding a left tab will justify the text under that tabs left. An easy method for adding tabs applies to any version of the program.

How To Add Tabs To a Microsoft Word Document

Clicking on this small box cycles through the different tab options

There are several types of tabs for you to choose from. The most commonly used are left, center, right, and decimal. To select the kind you want to use, click on the box on the far left side of the ruler until the selection you want appears in the box.

The left tab symbol appears in the ruler.

After choosing the kind of tab you want to add, point in the ruler (using your mouse) on the spot where you would like the tab to appear and click. A symbol for the tab you have chosen will appear in the ruler.

The tab set in the ruler functions in the document.

When you hit the tab key on your computer keyboard the new tab is now set and functional.


To remove a tab, simply click and drag the tab symbol on the ruler.


  • check If no tabs are added by the user, Word will automatically default to 1/2-inch tabs.


  • close To add tabs to a specific block of text, be sure to select the text in question before adding the tab to the ruler.

About the Author

Based in Connecticut, Vicki Holmes has been writing for 15 years and has a B.A. in English from The King's College. Drawing on her 20 years as a software trainer, she has authored ten software training manuals. Holmes, as an advocate/patient for sufferers of autoimmune illnesses, frequently writes about health-related topics.