How to Remove All the Tabs in a Word Document


In Microsoft Word, tabs represent the amount of space the cursor will move when you press the "Tab" key. Tabs can be inserted two ways: you can slide tab arrows across the ruler as needed, or you can set them in the Tabs window, accessible under "Format" in the main menu. You can remove individual tabs by simply selecting the tab arrow on the document ruler and sliding the arrow up off the ruler, but if you need to clear all of the tabs, the window allows you to do them all at once.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with Microsoft Word
  • Document in Microsoft Word
  • Open the Tabs window by going to "Format" in the main menu and selecting "Tabs."

  • Click the "Clear All" button in the "Tabs" window.

  • Slide the tab arrow, which is the top, left arrow on the ruler that points down, left. Align it with the margin arrow, which is the bottom arrow that points up.

  • Delete tabs tabs that have been manually inserted individually if the steps above don't work. Place the cursor at the beginning of the text of each paragraph and delete the tabs with the "Delete" button.

  • Remove individually inserted tabs all at once by hitting "Control+F" on you keyboard. Hit "Control+Tab" in the "Find" field. "[Left Tab]" should appear in the field. Replace with "<Nothing>."

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also access the "Tabs" window through the ruler on the document. If you can't see the ruler, select "View" and choose "Ruler." Click on the arrow symbol in the upper left corner and select "Tabs" from the drop-down menu.

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