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Clearing All Tab Stops

Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Clearing All Tab Stops.

There may be times when you want to clear all tab stops for a certain paragraph. For instance, you may decide that you want to reset all the tabs—it is just easier to start with a clear slate, so to speak. To clear all the tab stops for a paragraph, follow these steps:

  1. Make sure the insertion point is in the paragraph whose tab stops you wish to clear.
  2. Select the Tabs option from the Format menu. Word displays the Tabs dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Tabs dialog box.

  4. Click on Clear All.
  5. Click on OK.

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Mike    24 Jul 2012, 14:01
This can also be done with a very simple macro command:


I actually use this all the time, but I found that it wouldn't clear any negative tab stops, so I needed to find a more universal solution. I didn't write the following code, but I found this macro to clear ALL tabs on a line:

Sub ClearAllTabs()
' This macro will completely remove any tabs in the line that your cursor is in - whether they are negative or normal.

    Dim myrange As Range
    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
    Next ThisPar
End Sub

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