Align or justify text

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Text alignment is a paragraph formatting attribute that determines the appearance of the text in a whole paragraph. For example, in a paragraph that is left-aligned (the most common alignment), text is aligned with the left margin.

Text alignment is a paragraph formatting attribute that determines the appearance of the text in a whole paragraph. For example, in a paragraph that is justified (the most common alignment), text is aligned with both margins.

Text alignment buttons

Text alignment buttons JPN

Callout 1 Align text left

Callout 2 Center text

Callout 3  Align text right

Callout 4  Justify text

Callout 5  Distribute text

Do any of the following:

Align text left, center, or right

  1. Click anywhere in the paragraph that you want to align.

  2. On the Home tab, under Paragraph, do one of the following:

To

Click

Align text left

Align Text Left  Align text left button

Center text

Center Text  Align center button

Align text right

Align Text Right  Align text right

Justify text

When you justify text, space is added between words so that both edges of each line are aligned with both margins. The last line in the paragraph is aligned left.

  1. Click anywhere in the paragraph that you want to justify.

  2. On the Home tab, under Paragraph, click Justify Text  Justify text button .

Distributed text

When you distribute text, space is added between characters so that both edges of each line are aligned with both margins. The last line in the paragraph is distributed as well.

  1. Click anywhere in the paragraph where you want to distribute text.

  2. On the Home tab, under Paragraph, click Distributed Text  Distribute button .

See also

Indent a paragraph

Change the default settings for new documents

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