Creating a Tabular List
If you have a relatively small amount of data to present in a table, you might choose to display it in a
, which arranges text in simple
For more information about setting tab stops, see "Manually Changing the Look of Paragraphs" in Chapter 3, "Changing the Look of Text."
When entering text in a tabular list, people have a tendency to press the Tab key multiple times to align the columns of the list. If you do this, you have no control over the column widths. To be able to fine-tune the columns, you need to set custom tab stops rather than relying on the default ones. When you want to set up a tabular list, you should press Tab only once between the items that you want to appear in separate columns. You can then apply any necessary formatting and set the tabs in order from left to right so that you can see how everything lines up.
In addition to left, right, centered, and decimal tabs, you can set a bar tab. This type of tab does not align text like the others, but instead adds a vertical line to selected paragraphs. This bar can be used to further distinguish the columns in a tabular list.
In this exercise, you will create a tabular list. First you'll enter text separated by tabs, and then you'll format the text and set custom tab stops.
USE the 02_TabularList document. This practice file is located in the Chapter05 subfolder under SBS_Word2007 .
BE SURE TO
display the rulers and non-printing
OPEN the 02_TabularList document.
CLOSE the 02_TabularList document without saving your changes.
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