Word 2013/2016: Tabs. Fixing a bad default setting

Updated 2013.06.13


        To turn off the Word AutoCorrect option that automatically changes the left margin when you press the tab key at the beginning of a line.

Tabs at the beginning of a line

By default, when you press the tab key at the beginning of a line, Word does not insert a tab character! Instead, it changes the first-line indent setting for the left margin! This makes it difficult to use tabs at the beginning of a line. Fortunately, this setting can be changed:

        Click on the File tab.

        Click on Options.

        When the Word Options dialog box appears (below), click on Proofing.

        In the AutoCorrect options group, click on the AutoCorrect Options button.


        The AutoCorrect dialog box will appear.

        Click on the AutoFormat As You Type tab.

        In the Automatically as you type group, click on the Set left- and first-indent with tabs and backspaces check box to turn it off.