Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. 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: Clearing All Tabs in a Document.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated May 28, 2021)
If you received a document from someone else, you may be charged with the responsibility to format the document. One of the first steps you may want to take is to remove all the tab stops in the document, thereby returning all paragraphs to their "pristine" state where only default tabs are in place.
If you want to remove all the tabs stops in a document, the quick way is to follow these steps:
Figure 1. The Tabs dialog box.
That's it. You can now go through the document, on a paragraph-by-paragraph basis, and set any tab stops desired.
WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (12073) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Clearing All Tabs in a Document.
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