Jul 22 2016 03:27 AM
Jul 22 2016 03:27 AM
Has anyone come accros the issue using tab stopss in a document (Word) and when opening in Word Online the Tab stops are gone? I noticed that I can't create them in Word Online, and the ones created in Word are not being displayed. Is this a known issue? This will be a major problem in using Word/Word Online in Education.
Jul 22 2016 03:50 AM
I have had a similar problem. When you edit a word document ( stored in Office 365) and add some tab stops then save the document. Reopen the document then you tab stops are gone. So I'm not sure that this is an issue with Word Online at all.
Jul 22 2016 03:55 AM
Jul 22 2016 05:13 AM
I created a document in Word (not Word online)
Then saved it in SharePoint Online
Opened the document in Word again from SharePoint Online
Set some tab stops
Saved the documents and closed Word
Opened the document in word again and my tab stops are gone
Then I repeated the same test but storing my document locally on my PC instead of SharePoint online and the tab stops are kept.
It looks like storing the documents online breaks the tab stops.
Oct 26 2016 11:48 PM
Nov 18 2018 08:33 AM - edited Nov 18 2018 08:34 AM
Come on Microsoft - a tab is hardly an advanced layout change! I believe that most text editors since the dawn of time have used them. Needless to say, Google docs doesn't seem to struggle with tabs...
Mar 20 2019 05:46 AMSolution
Nov 19 2020 10:36 AM
I know this is an old thread now, but I'm adding this post for anyone else who comes here looking for more information on why Tab stops aren't working in Word for the Web.
Helios Comms is correct, this is a product limitation that has existed since SharePoint 2010 and Office Web Apps 2010. This same behavior for Tab stops will exist in Office Web Apps Server, Office Online Server, and Office for the Web (in the cloud with SharePoint Online).
It is possible to use the Tab key at the start of a line to indent a new paragraph, but otherwise Tab stops will not render in Word Online's Edit mode.
That said, the Tab stops do still exist in the word file, even if they aren't visible when editing in the browser. Word Online's view mode vs edit mode render differently because their purposes are different. If you take the word file and open it in "View" mode in the browser, or open the file in the locally installed Word Client app, the Tab stops will be visible.