Aligning Text with Tab Stops and Paragraph Indentation
When you press the Tab key (or Option-Tab if you're working in a table cell), the
insertion point (and any text to the right of it) moves to the next tab stop, and any
new text you type begins at that point. By default, tab stops occur every five spaces,
but you can set your own tab stops using the tab stop symbols in the horizontal ruler.
Use the ruler also to set text margins, indentation for the first line in a paragraph, and
bullet indentation as well.
To see the tab stop and indentation symbols in the horizontal ruler, make sure the
ruler is showing and you have some text selected on the slide. You can set up the ruler
to display the units you want in Ruler preferences.
Blue tab symbols appear on
the horizontal ruler when you
select tabbed text.
The symbols are very small blue shapes in the horizontal ruler. There are several types,
each indicating a different alignment:
Right-facing triangle: Aligns the left side of text with the tab stop.
Left-facing triangle: Aligns the right side of text with the tab stop.
Diamond: Places the center of text at the tab stop.
Circle: For numbers, aligns the decimal character (such as a period or comma) with
the tab stop.
Down-facing triangle: Sets left and right text indentation for the currently selected
Narrow rectangle: Sets the first-line indentation (hanging indentation) for the
currently selected paragraph.
Tiny square: Sets the bullet (or number) indentation for the currently selected
To set up the horizontal ruler:
Choose View > Show Rulers to make the horizontal ruler appear.
Place the insertion point in any text to see the small blue tab stop symbols for the
To change the units of measure in the rulers, choose Keynote > Preferences, click
Rulers, and choose an item from the Ruler Units pop-up menu:
To display measurements as a percentage of the distance across the page, choose Keynote
> Preferences, click Rulers, and then select “Display ruler units as percentage.”
To place the ruler's horizontal origin point at the center of the page, choose Keynote >
Preferences, click Rulers, and then select “Place origin at center of ruler.”
When you change ruler settings in Keynote preferences, the new settings apply to all
documents viewed in Keynote until you change the settings again.
Here are ways to work with tab stops:
To move a tab stop, drag its symbol along the ruler.
To add a new tab stop, click the ruler in the position where you want the new tab stop
To change the tab to a different alignment type, double-click its symbol repeatedly
until the type you want appears, or hold down the Control key as you click the tab
symbol, and select an option from the shortcut menu.
Choose from among
these tab types.
To remove a tab stop, drag its symbol off the ruler.
Working with Text
Working with Text
Here are ways to set paragraph indentations:
To set the indentation of the paragraph’s first line, drag the narrow rectangular symbol
along the ruler.
To change the right paragraph indentation, drag the right indentation symbol
(downward blue triangle on the right side of the horizontal ruler) to the position
where you want the right edge of the paragraph to end.
To change the left indentation, drag the left indentation symbol (downward blue
triangle on the left side of the ruler) to where you want the left edge of the paragraph
To set the bullet (or numbering) indentation:
Drag the small blue square along the ruler.