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Use Word 2007's new Alignment Tab feature to align text with margins

With Word 2007's new Alignment Tab feature you no longer need to adjust tabs when a document's margin changes. Alignment Tabs align data relative to the margin, so if you change the margin, Word realigns the text automatically. Here's how to use them.

With Word 2007's new Alignment Tab feature you no longer need to adjust tabs when a document's margin changes. Alignment Tabs align data relative to the margin, so if you change the margin, Word realigns the text automatically.

For example, to use Alignment Tabs to create a header with a right-aligned page number, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Insert tab.
  2. Under Header & Footer, click Header.
  3. Click Blank.
  4. Type Chapter One.
  5. In the Position group, click Insert Alignment Tab.
  6. Click the Right button and then click OK.
  7. Click Page Number in the Header And Footer group.
  8. Point to Current Position.
  9. Click Plain Number.
  10. Double-click outside the header to return to your document.

Now, if you change the margin size, the page number readjusts automatically to right-align with the margin.

By default, you can only access the Alignment Tab dialog box when editing a header or footer. To use this feature in the rest of your document, add the Insert Alignment Tab command to your Quick Access toolbar. Follow these steps:

  1. In the Header/Footer Design tab, right-click the Insert Alignment Tab command in the Position Group of the Insert tab..
  2. Select Add To Quick Access Toolbar.

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