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

Updated 2013.06.13

Objective

        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.

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        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.

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