How to Insert a Right Tab Stop in PowerPoint

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Although PowerPoint audiences have come to expect graphics, motion and animation on slides, the text on the slide is still important -- perhaps even more so. Not only is perfectly aligned text more esthetically appealing, it's also easier to read and it looks more professional. PowerPoint 2010 has type capabilities that enable precise alignment of text for charts, graphs and other headings, including a tab stop to align text on the right side.

  • Open the PowerPoint presentation in which you wish to set right tabs. Click on the "Slide" button, and switch to "Normal View." Tabs are not editable in either "Notes Page View" or "Slide Sorter."

  • Click on the "View" tab on the ribbon, and check the "Ruler" box in the "Show/Hide" pane.

  • Note the small white square on the far left of the ruler. Click on the square to cycle through to the right tab stop arrow, which is indicated by a left-facing arrow.

  • Select the text whose right tab you want to set. Click on the ruler to add a tab stop. Move the left-facing arrow by sliding it to different areas of the right side of the ruler until you find the properly aligned spot for your text to end.

  • Place your cursor on the left side of your text, and press the "Tab" key to move the type to the right side of the slide. Your text will end on the right side where your left-facing arrow sits on the ruler.

  • Remove a tab stop by dragging it off the ruler with the mouse, then release.

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