Currently Being ModeratedFeb 10, 2013 6:38 PM (in response to Claudia S.)
Help works better if you ask a question. eg "How do I set tabs?" Tabs is pretty generic.
Tabs don't "wrap" text they are simply a catch in a line which repositions the cursor to that point after a tab. It is there every line of the paragraph. Hit the tab key and the cursor jumps to the next tab on the ruler, on that line.
Are you trying to do a hanging indent? Because you have to do that with the margin settings not tabs.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 11, 2013 12:06 AM (in response to Claudia S.)
To the general issue first:
"(even though the Help section said "nothing found" when I typed in tabs!)"
Generally, when searching, it's better to drop all suffixes, including "s".
The User Guides are more complete than the "Help section"s, and are searchable on any text included in these PDF documents. The Pages '09 User Guide may be downloaded via the Help menu in Pages.
To the specific issue:
"but the text won't align with the tab as it wraps. I've tried resetting it and it still won't wrap to the tab stop - it just goes to the beginning of the line."
"Tab" is short for "Tabulator", and "tab stop" is short for "tabulator stop". The term is a holdover from typewriters, where the purpose of a set of tabulator stops was to arrange a set of data into a table by making the columns of data line up vertically. Pressing the tab(ulator) key on a typewriter released the carriage, which was then pulled to the left until it was stopped by the next tabulator stop, a metal tab fixed to the frame of the typewriter which caught a similar metal tab fixed to the carriage.
On a typewriter, the only way to set the indent for the first line was to set a tab stop at the position where the line should start. The typist would then hit the return lever (twice at the end of a paragraph to move the carriage back to the beginning of the line and move the paper up one line, then up a second line, then press the tab key to move the carriage to the point where the first line of the paragraph should begin.
Replace "return lever" with "return key", and your computer's word processing application, with a tab stop set where the first line of a paragraph should begin will do the same thing.
But a word processor goes a step further by allowing you to set spacing before or after a paragraph and to set an automatic indent on the first line of a paragraph.
In Pages, Space after Paragraph is set in the Text Inspector.
First line indent may also be set in the Text Inspector, or can be set using the Left margin and Indent stops at the left end of the Ruler.
With these settings, a single return at the end of a paragraph automatically inserts extra space between it and the next paragraph, and indents the first line of the next paragraph.