Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Word in Office 365. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Automatically Setting Right Leader Tabs.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated October 6, 2018)
There are many times when your formatting needs call for setting a right tab at the right margin, and making sure it has either an underscore or dot leader on it. This is done quite often if you are creating "manually" laid-out forms. Setting such tabs can be a hassle, however, since it involves the use of the dialog boxes or the ribbon and repetitive actions.
If you set quite a few such tabs, you may be interested in the RightTab VBA macro shown below. When run, it examines each paragraph you have selected, clears all their tab stops, and sets a single right tab at the right margin with an underscore leader.
Sub RightTab() Dim MarPos As Integer, NewPos As Integer Dim ThisPar As Paragraph MarPos = Selection.PageSetup.PageWidth - _ Selection.PageSetup.LeftMargin - _ Selection.PageSetup.RightMargin - _ Selection.PageSetup.Gutter Set myrange = Selection.Range For Each ThisPar In myrange.Paragraphs NewPos = MarPos - ThisPar.RightIndent ThisPar.TabStops.ClearAll ThisPar.TabStops.Add Position:=NewPos, _ Alignment:=wdAlignTabRight, _ Leader:=wdTabLeaderLines Next ThisPar End Sub
The macro will work even if the selected paragraphs have differing right margins from each other. It also takes into account your current page setup.
If you don't want the macro to remove all the tab stops already set in the selected paragraphs, remove the line that uses the ClearAll method. If you want to use dot leaders on the tab instead of underscores, then change the wdTabLeaderLines constant name to wdTabLeaderDots.
WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (11110) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Word in Office 365. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Automatically Setting Right Leader Tabs.
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