Defining your own tab stops and indents

To set your own tab stops for one or more selected paragraphs, use the Tabs page of the Paragraph dialog. To reach this page, you can either:

  • Double-click anywhere between the left and right indent icons on the ruler itself to open the Tabs page of the Paragraph dialog, or
  • Right-click on the paragraph, choose Paragraph from the pop-up menu, and choose the Tabs page.

Similarly, you can change the tabs defined in the paragraph style. Right-click on the paragraph, choose Edit Paragraph Style from the pop-up menu, and choose the Tabs page.

To change the indentation of one or more selected paragraphs, use the Indents & Spacing page of the Paragraph dialog. To reach this page, you can either:

  • Double-click on a part of the ruler that is not between the left and right indent icons, or
  • Right-click on the paragraph, choose Paragraph from the pop-up menu, and choose the Indents & Spacing page.

Similarly, you can change the indentation defined in the paragraph style. Right-click on the paragraph, choose Edit Paragraph Style from the pop-up menu, and choose the Indents & Spacing page.

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2 comments on “Defining your own tab stops and indents
  1. Benjamin says:

    Why can’t we just click on the ruler? I love OOo because it does everything MSO does, and more, but for free. But this is super basic functionality and now I have to open a menu and measure it out? That’s useless. The irony is, I’m writing a paper on user interface design, and I’m struggling with the design of the software I’m using :/

  2. Jean says:

    Of course you can click on the ruler, but that doesn’t make the tab stop or indent part of the paragraph style. I use styles for all my paragraphs because it makes my work faster and easier once they are set up. Also, it depends on how exactly positioned you want the tab stop to be.

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