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    lerTwo questions about the Ruler (Word 97 and >)

    Hello All

    Two questions about the ruler in MS-Word 97 and later:

    1) How do I remove a tab stop. You know these little L shaped black markers on the ruler. Sometimes when I ask MS-Word to give me a list of bullets and numbers, specially when choosing numbers, from 1 to 9 the next is right next to the number, then from 10 on the text is way too far away from the number it does not look nice. I want the space to be compensated for the extra digit, so I start using the Left Indent and the Hanging Indent to make it work, very hard to work with.

    2) How can I have a line above the text that I can place without having it tie into the ruler. I some times need to place a graphical line just above the text, like the opposite of underlining, maybe overlining, so I draw the line from the Drawing toolbar button and then it is hard to maneuver it to the place where I want it to be. It looks like it wants to abide by the ruler's measures.

    Thanks

    Oh Oh BTW how can you make a piece of wood be like a prince or a King?

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    Re: lerTwo questions about the Ruler (Word 97 and >)

    I'm no sure how to answer your first question... but for the second on, you may want to try holding the ALT button down when trying to manuver/size the line. This lets you move the line to the position you want it in easily.
    hope that helps.

    ...and what's the matter with having a queen or princess as a ruler? <img src=/S/queen.gif border=0 alt=queen width=19 height=20> <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>
    have fun

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    Re: lerTwo questions about the Ruler (Word 97 and >)

    KTYorke

    Thanks, this does help. tried it and it worked like a charm. Now about my other question, you see if you press anywhere on the ruler you get a tab position. It looks like an 'L'. So once you place that tab you can move it but how do you get rid of it?

    It seems that if you move it all the way beyond the page markers it has no effect, but I still want to get rid of it totally get rid of it.

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    Re: lerTwo questions about the Ruler (Word 97 and >)

    To remove a Tab Stop from the ruler, simply click on it and drag it down off of the ruler.

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    Re: lerTwo questions about the Ruler (Word 97 and >)

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    I feel so ???

    Thanks a million.

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    Re: lerTwo questions about the Ruler (Word 97 and >)

    Wassim,

    1. I understood that you wanted to remove those tab marks because of the way text is offset from the numbers in a list. But why not set the indent for the text so that it is NOT right next to 1,2,...9 so you have extra space for a 2-digit number like 10? This way, there'd be extra space for 1-9 (doesn't have to be much) and less space for 10 and beyond. In fact, you can have the space after the units digit (regardless of whether the number is a 1-digit number like 1,2,...9 or a 2-digit number like 10,11...) be the same. When setting up the list, go into the Customize dialog for the list format. You can set how the number is justified in the "number area". By default, it's left justified. But if you choose right justified, you'll get the effect described above.

    2. On moving the line: Yes, you can use ALT+arrow to move it, as KT suggested. The reason the arrow by itself doesn't give you fine control is because Word assumes a grid (as you observed) that one click of an arrow moves the object to the next grid line. By default, moving to grid lines is ON (I hate this) so and 1 click of the arrow moves to the next grid line. ALT overrides the default behavior. That is, ALT+arrow does NOT move to the grid but moves 1 point. If you turn off the default, one click on the arrow key only moves 1 point - without ALT. Don't recall how it's done in 97; in 2000, click on the Draw button of the Drawing toolbar and choose Grid. You'll get a dialog. I think your Snap objects to Grid is checked.

    Fred

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    Re: lerTwo questions about the Ruler (Word 97 and >)

    Fred... on #2 <img src=/S/thumbup.gif border=0 alt=thumbup width=15 height=15>
    That's awesome! I never knew that option was there!! I checked in Word97 and the check box is in the same place you described.
    Learn something new every day... thanks!
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    Re: lerTwo questions about the Ruler (Word 97 and >)

    Thanks Fred

    But I am not doing anything special, MS-Word is setting these tabs when I select the text and ask it to make a Bulleted list of a numbered list. This is the default behavior and it does a good job until it encounters a two-digit number and that throws the tabbing off. Word 2000 is more susceptible to this behavior and I am noticing that what works OK in 97 maybe a totally different story in 2000.

    Thanks again for the ALT and move thing. This will save me time.

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