You use the Tabs panel (Window > Type > Tabs) to set tab stops for a paragraph or type object. For more information on using and setting tabs, see web Help.
You use the Tabs panel (Window > Type > Tabs) to set tab stops for a paragraph or type object.
A. Tab alignment buttons B. Tab position C. Tab leader box D. Align On box E. Panel menu F. Tab ruler G. Snap panel above frame
You can access additional commands and options in the Tabs panel menu. To use this menu, click the triangle in the upper right corner of the panel.
You can position the Tabs panel anywhere in the work area; however, it is usually helpful to align the Tabs panel with a type object.
By default, you can position tab stops anywhere along the tab ruler.
The units of measure for the tab ruler are defined by the General units settings specified in the Units preferences (for all files) or by the units specified in the Document Setupdialog box (for the current file).
Tab stops apply to an entire paragraph. When you set the first tab, Illustrator deletes all default tab stops to the left of that stop. As you set more tab stops, Illustrator deletes all default tabs between the tabs you set.
to align horizontal text to the left, keeping the right margin ragged.
to center text on the tab mark.
to align horizontal text to the right, keeping the left margin ragged.
to align vertical text to the bottom margin, keeping the top margin ragged.
to align vertical text to the top margin, keeping the bottom margin ragged.
to place text in alignment with a specified character, such as a period or a dollar sign. This option is useful for creating columns of numbers.
You can change the alignment of any tab by simply selecting it and clicking one of these buttons.
Click a location on the tab ruler to position a new tab stop.
Type a position in the X box (for horizontal text) or Y box (for vertical text), and press Enter or Return. If the X or Y value is selected, press the Up Arrow or Down Arrow key to increase or decrease the tab value by 1 point, respectively.
note: When you use the tab ruler, you cannot set tab stops in increments smaller than 1. However, if you specify a position in the X or Y box, you can set stops at intervals as small as 0.01 point.
For information on setting indents using the Tabs panel, see Indent text.
The Repeat Tab command creates multiple tabs based on the distance between the tab and the left indent or the previous tab stop.
A. Tab-alignment buttons B. Tab stop on the ruler C. Panel menu
Type a new location in the X box (for horizontal text) or Y box (for vertical text), and press Enter or Return.
Drag the tab to a new location.
To move all tab stops simultaneously, Ctrl‑drag (Windows) or Command‑drag (Mac OS) a tab.
As you move a tab stop, a visual guide appears in the selected text.
Drag the tab off the tab ruler.
Select the tab, and choose Delete Tab from the panel menu.
To return to the default tab stops, choose Clear All from the panel menu.
You use decimal tabs to align text with a character you specify, such as a period or a dollar sign.
A tab leader is a repeated pattern of characters, such as a series of dots or dashes, between a tab and the following text.