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What version of LO do you have.
Just as a test, can you click into just 1 line and then add a tab stop
to the ruler.

On 08/04/2019 10:37, Carl Paulsen wrote:
On 4/7/19 12:55 PM, Brian Barker wrote:

At 20:37 03/04/2019 -0400, Carl Paulsen wrote:
I have a number of "paragraphs" of text (job listing section of a
resume) for which I'd like to add tab stops.

Are these true paragraphs? I'm not sure why you have given the word
scare quotes. If they are not true paragraphs, what you with tab
stops may not behave as you expect.

Ummmm.  What's the definition of a true paragraph, in particular as
distinct from, say, a line in a bulleted list, and why does that
matter?  I simply want to take lines of text and apply some tab stops
to it (the full set of text prior to the next carriage return, whether
a paragraph or lines of bulleted text or whatever).  These will be
left justified tab stops.  Simple enough I thought.

I select the lines and click the tab stop I want, then click in the
ruler, but nothing happens.

"Lines" are not really a word processing concept, as text reflows
automatically as you edit it. Tab stops are applied to paragraphs.
Are you clicking in the *horizontal* ruler, above the text window?
Incidentally, are you simply missing how tab stops work? They do
nothing by themselves: you need also to insert tab *characters* (or
other formatting) into your text to control how the tab stops take

I select the lines of text to which I want to apply the tab stops.  I
click on the tab stop box in the upper left of the document to select
which type of tab I want, then click in the horizontal ruler where I
want that tab to go.  Nothing happens. No tab stop.  I most definitely
MUST be missing how tab stops work, hence why I posted.  But in every
other program I've used it works similarly to how I describe.

I see no menu item to format tabs, though I did stumble into one
dialog box with Tabs that required manual setting and it was unclear
just where those tabs would be applied.

Tabs are a paragraph property as well as a paragraph style property:
o For paragraph formatting, go to Format | Paragraph... | Tabs (or
right-click | Paragraph... | Tabs).
o For paragraph style formatting, go to Format | Styles and
Formatting... | right-click style | Modify... | Tabs (or right-click
| Edit Paragraph Style... | Tabs).

That's what's odd.  In the lines of text I want to apply the tabs,
there is no Tab option in Format | Paragraph.  Again, hence my
question.  I do wish I could just set tabs in the ruler as at times I
want to apply the tabs, look at the  result, and make adjustments. 
Requiring manual tab setting makes that process much more cumbersome.

In the help document
 it says for changing one or more paragraphs: "Select the
paragraphs, then click inside the ruler."
That is most definitely not working.
So what exactly happens when you try? Do you not see a tab stop in
the ruler?



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