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How can I format multiple choice questions so option A from the second question will be under option A from the first question (B, C, D etc. as well)?

Update: I just use MS Word in order to write multiple choice questions for exams my students take.

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You gave no context. Are you programming in Javascript? Are you making a test for 4th graders? Is this just a logic question? – Bort Jan 2 '13 at 21:58
@Bort Please see my update. Thanks. – Majed Jan 2 '13 at 22:02
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Normally when you type a) or i) or i. or 1) or similar at the beginning of the line, Word will recognise it and start a bullet list automatically. Press Enter at the end of the line and Word will auto-insert the next list element. That will take care of the indenting for you:


The red box in the image above highlights the unordered list, ordered/numbered list, multi-level list, decrease indent and increase indent buttons. Use those while creating your MCQ form.

If you want to align in a columnar fashion, either use tables (you can make the borders invisible if you like), or insert Left Tabs to align the options (click the Ruler once to insert a Left Tab, then while typing text press Tab to jump to the next Left Tab position):


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Thanks but I mean when the choices are in one line and the other choices are beneath them. How can A be exactly under A, and B exactly under B, and C, etc. – Majed Jan 2 '13 at 22:14
If you use the un/ordered list styles, as highlighted by Karan, Word will do the formatting for you so that the same number of tabs are used for each style – ChrisW Jan 2 '13 at 22:22
@Tabor: Checked the edit above - do you mean something like that? – Karan Jan 2 '13 at 22:25
Yes Karan that's it, I tried the tables as well but the problems with table is that when you write inside the cell it expands as you writing, it is not fixed. – Majed Jan 2 '13 at 22:37
@Tabor: Yeah, normally text in a table cell wraps automatically, but in case of long unbroken text it will expand the cell (although it might well be possible to fix the cell's width). – Karan Jan 2 '13 at 22:39

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