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WD: Decimal Tabs Don't Align Properly with Wordwrapped Text

Article ID: 50876

Article Last Modified on 8/15/2007


  • Microsoft Word 4.0 for Macintosh
  • Microsoft Word 5.0 for Macintosh
  • Microsoft Word 5.1 for Macintosh
  • Microsoft Word 6.0 for Macintosh
  • Microsoft Word 6.01 for Macintosh
  • Microsoft Word 98 for Macintosh
  • Microsoft Word 6.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Word 6.0a
  • Microsoft Word 6.0c
  • Microsoft Word 95 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Word 95a
  • Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition

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Decimal tab stops do not align properly when the same line of text that the tab is on reaches the right margin and wraps to the line below. For example, if a decimal tab is set at 2 inches followed by two lines of text, the tab jumps back to the left margin after the typing wraps to the second line.


A decimal tab ignores the right indent only if the information that extends past the indent is composed of numbers. If there is a text string that extends past the right indent, Word will display the symptoms outlined in the "Symptoms" section of this article.


To correct this problem, do the following:

  1. Place a decimal tab on the ruler (for example, at 2 inches).
  2. Place a left-aligned tab 1/8 inch (or two spaces) past the decimal tab you set in step 1 on the ruler.
  3. Tab to the decimal tab and type the number.
  4. Tab to the left-aligned tab and continue typing the rest of the lines. The decimal tab does not jump back to the left margin.

Additional query words: right margin ignore

Keywords: kbformat KB50876