I see people using the Space Bar in Word to place or align text. Then, there are those that use the Tab keys only to continue pressing the Tab button until the cursor is in the place they wish.
This can be very time consuming and I have a better solution – set custom tabs in Word.
With the Ruler open, simply follow these steps.
Click the Tab Type button at the left side of the Ruler.
There are four different tab types. Each tab type is represented on the Ruler bar by a different symbol.
Text moves to the right of the tab as you type.
Text centers at the tab stop.
Text moves to the left or backwards from the tab as you type.
Text before the decimal point moves to the left of the tab. This tab aligns numbers with decimals, keeping the decimals aligned and adjusting the numbers accordingly.
Once you click on the Tab Type button to receive the desired tab type, click on the Ruler at the point you wish to set the tab. Notice there is now a tab placemarker at the desired point, in the shape of the specific tab type.
When a custom tab is set, all default tabs to the left are deleted.
Now, use the custom tabs to align text according to your needs.