- When a tab key is pressed, a point at which the cursor stops, or to which the on-screen highlight advances. In a word processing document, for instance, there are tab stops at regular intervals along lines, and a user may add more such stops at any desired location. In database or spreadsheet applications, tab stops progress through cells or fields. In a Web page, the tab key advances the on-screen highlight from specific location to specific location on the screen, such as from hyperlink to hyperlink.
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