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Tabs and Indents

The tab and indent markers in TextEdit function as in any word processor.

  • To set a right-aligned tab, single-click in the ruler.
  • To set any other tab, Control-click (or right-click) in the ruler and choose a tab marker (shown below), or double-click a marker to change it.
  • To remove a tab, drag the marker off the ruler.
  • To indent just the first line of text or both the left and right edges, drag the indent markers shown below.

Examples of tab and indent settings

The following are some examples of how to set up your tabs and indents to create certain effects. Remember, after you’ve set a tab, hit the Tab key before you type the text. Once you’ve got tabs set up, you can select the text, then move the tab and the selected text will follow.

The tab applies only to the selected paragraphs—you only need to click inside a paragraph to select the entire paragraph. To select more than one paragraph, press and drag to highlight a range of text in each paragraph. Follow the directions as explained in each window and its caption.

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