How to Insert Tabs in Word

By Ryan McAlister

In the word-processing program Microsoft Word, the default tab markers are set at every half inch. A tab marker works as a stopping point for the cursor when the tab key on the keyboard is pressed. The tab key is regularly used for indentations at the beginning of a paragraph, but it is also possible to customize the tab markers to fit your needs.

Step 1

Open Microsoft Word.

Step 2

Click "Format" at the top of the window.

Step 3

Select "Tabs" from the Format menu.

Step 4

Select the positioning of the tabs by changing the number in upper-right corner of the window that appears. Click "Set" after each new tab marker.

Step 5

Click "OK." The tabs you entered are now set on the open document.