How to Set Tabs in PowerPoint

By Ryan McAlister

A tab stop is where the cursor will stop when you press the tab key in PowerPoint documents. The default tab stops are 1/2 inch. Change the tab-stop settings to fit your personal needs. In PowerPoint 2010, different tab stops exist for each text section of the page: header, body and footer. You will need to adjust each section separately.

Step 1

Open the PowerPoint presentation in which you want to set the tabs.

Step 2

Click "Normal" on the top of the window to access normal view.

Step 3

Click "View" at the top of the window, and select "Ruler" from the menu. This will make the ruler appear at the top of each page.

Step 4

Click the object for which you want to change the tab settings, such as the heading, body or footer.

Step 5

Click the marker on the ruler, and drag it to a new position.