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At each tab stop, press the "tab release" button. Then tab to the next tab position and do the same. OR
You can put the machine in "service mode" which will erase all tab stops and reset your margins to their default positions. Easily done by turning the typewriter OFF. Then while off, press and hold "mar rel" (margin release) key on upper left side of keyboard. While holding it down and keeping it down, turn the typewriter ON. Then take your finger off the Margin Release key. The typewriter will start typing all by itself. Turn the typewriter off, then on. That will reset everything. All tab stops will be erased and margins reset to their defaults.
I am not an expert on old olys but it sounds like you want to set tabs in the middle of the page. First go to the Right margin, press the MAR REL key, space to desired R. margin location, press R. margin key. Space or backspace to desired location, press TAB SET at desired locations.
The WW3 resets margins and tabs to default on every power up. If the margins change while you are typing then the silver shaft that nthe carrier slides on is probably gummy. A shot of WD40 on both sies of the shaft shouls free it up. Go to lexmark.com, click on support you will find a downloadable manual there.
On the L. side of the T/W ketboard are the keysmar left, mar right,tab set, tab clear and mar rel. Space to the location thayou want th R. mar and press right mar key, if it stops at the R. mar. press and release the mar rel key. To clear tabs tab to the one you want cleared and press tab clear. To set a tab space to the position and press tab set.
Space or backspace to the margin you wish to change touch the margin release key, space to the location yuo want press the R or L margin key, on some T/W's the code or alt key may have to be used to access these functions.