Setting Tabs in Microsoft Publisher

One of the most convenient ways of keeping an even structure in Microsoft Publisher is to use tabs in your margin bar at the top of your document. This makes placing detailed information more visually pleasing and easy to understand.  Pressing Tab by default gives you a gap of about a quarter of an inch in a document. Generally, this can cause a text box to unevenly place text.

(As a side note, it’s always best to set up your tabs FIRST Before placing in text. But for this demonstration we will use already placed text for visual purposes. if you have already placed text and want to use tabs, simply highlight all the text you want to use tabs with!)





Let’s organize this text by spacing out this information using tabs.  Since we have three segments of text we will tell publisher to space out the text by pressing tab between segments. For this example we want text to appear to the left, the center and to the right of our text box.  To set this up once we have clicked on the text box, choose where you want your first tab point to begin.  In this case we want to line up the left hand side, so we will double left click in the ruler icon at the top of the page all the way to the left. (as indicated by the red highlighted dot.)








This will bring up a menu where you will  choose which tab your trying to set up. (Left Tab, Center Tab and  Right Tab). You can also choose to have dots appear in between your tab spacing by choosing an option in the ‘leader area’.











Once you have set your first left hand side tab, repeat the process by double clicking on the ruler in the center of your text by and clicking in the  ’Center’ bubble. Then double clicking on the right hand side of your tab and clicking in the ‘Right’ bubble.  The end result should look like this (with the red highlights showing specifically where we clicked for our Left, Center and Right tabs.)






As you can see with the final result, the information is laid out evenly, and is a lot more intuitive to find the information your looking for. These tab settings are completely customizable to whatever project your working on. Tab spacing and the amount of tab sections can all be adjusted to suit your needs.

- By Jeff Pelletier

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About Scott MacDonald

Scott MacDonald has been employed as an EBS Application Specialist in the LPi Hartford office since late 2008. In that time he has helped many LPi customers in the Northeast region with various technical support issues as well as bulletin design/layout questions. In his spare time Scott performs with a number of community theater groups in the Hartford area.

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