Hopefully, you know that Word allows you to set tabs in a paragraph by clicking on the Ruler at the top of your document window. The tab that is inserted depends on the tab type selected at the left side of the Ruler. You can then click on the tab and drag it to the location desired.
There can be times though, when accurately placing your tab stops using your Ruler and the mouse can be very aggravating. You may, as a matter of fact, notice that your tabs seem to move from one location to another as you are dragging them. If indeed, that is what seems to be happening, there are a couple of things you do to fix that.
First, you need to know that the grid settings on the drawing layer in Word can affect the dragging behavior for tabs. Word is, by default, configured so that snap to grid is turned on, and the grid is set for 1/16-inch increments. So when you drag a tab stop, it seem to move in increments of 1/16 inch. If you do not need the drawing grid, you can turn it off.
Follow the steps below to learn how:
- Display the Page Layout tab of your Ribbon.
- In the Arrange group, click the Align drop-down list.
- Select the Grid Settings option from the drop-down list to display the Grid and Guides dialog box.
- Deselect the Snap Objects to Other Objects check box.
- Deselect the Snap Objects to Grid When the Gridlines Are Not Displayed check box.
- Click on OK.
You should now be able to drag tabs along the Ruler smoothly and precisely. If you want to see the precise placement of the tabs, just hold down your Alt key as you drag them.
If you are still experiencing problems placing the tabs accurately, you may try increasing your zoom setting for viewing the document, and you should make sure that your mouse is clean as that can also have an effect when moving tabs.