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This comes up all the time when preparing reports or scientific papers.  Column values should be aligned at the decimal point but the standard formatting options in Word are left, right, center, and justified.  MS Word has a command for doing this, it just isn’t where you think you’d find it.

Create your table in Word or paste it over from Excel.  Highlight the cells that you’d like to align, now click on the left tab in the top left corner and scroll down to tabs…

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The following window will pop up:

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In the tab stop position field type in a distance, say  2cm, select decimal and then press set. This will add the 2cm feature to the box on the left.  Click on 2cm to highlight it, and then press OK.

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Voila!  The colums are aligned according to the decimal point.

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