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    Word 2010: How do I fill a line with dots ........ ?

    Is there a trick to filling a line with dots (such as in a form to indicate where people need to write)?

    I am wanting to do something like this:


    First Name: ............................................. (to end of the line)
    Surname: ...............................................(to end of the line)

    etc...

    I really would love to know how this is done, and since the form would go onto a web page, how can you do this there as well?

    Thanks for the help guys!

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    What you need to do is set a tab and then set it to Dot Leader via Format Tabs... .
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    Hi RG
    Thanks for the tip.... How would you do that inside of a table layout, though? If you hit tab, you go to the next cell or the next line....?

    Also, how do you get the dots to just go to the end of the line...... rather than a spot identified by the end of the tab?

    Thanks!
    Last edited by Photorer; 2011-06-30 at 03:35. Reason: Left out the second part!

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    HERE is a link to a demo.

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    OK that was a great help! One down and one more to go!

    Any possibility that someone can help me with this for an html page I also need to put together - the problem is that the text depends on the screen width that a user has, or even the width of the browser window.

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    Word is not a very good application for writing web forms. It is OK for printed forms and very good for online forms that are used with Word.

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    Hi Charles

    Thanks for the comment - but what do you mean online forms that are used with Word? How does that work? (sorry - being a little dense here!)

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    How to Set Period Leader Tabs

    1. Position Insertion Point where you want to set your Tabs
    2. Click Home Ribbon
    3. Click Paragraph
    4. Click Tab
    5. Type Table Stop Position
    6. Alignment
    7. Click Right Radio Button
    8. Lender
    9. Click 2 Radio Button
    10. Click Ok

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    Quote Originally Posted by Photorer View Post
    Any possibility that someone can help me with this for an html page I also need to put together - the problem is that the text depends on the screen width that a user has, or even the width of the browser window.
    I don't think HTML has the concept of tab stops. Word's HTML converter will do something to try to emulate them, but the code may be very difficult to maintain without editing the Word doc and regenerating the HTML.

    If you want HTML coding tips, perhaps finish your document, generate HTML to see how it looks, and try the Web Development forum for fine-tuning: http://windowssecrets.com/forums/for...gn-Development
    Last edited by jscher2000; 2011-07-05 at 12:54. Reason: Added quotation for context.

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    It is my understanding it is for Word 2010 is that correct?

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    To type a tab within a table, use Shift-Tab (otherwise, the Tab just brings the focus to the next table cell).

    The dot leader method does what you want, but can produce misaligned dots if several lines are close to each other and spanning between text and numbers (as in a table of contents). To get around this, type "space tab space" so the leader dot set is not 'locked' to the text around it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EricFletcher View Post
    To type a tab within a table, use Shift-Tab (otherwise, the Tab just brings the focus to the next table cell).
    I think that's Ctrl+Tab, at least in Word 2003.
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