Align text left or right, center text, or justify text on a page

Alignment determines the appearance and orientation of the edges of the paragraph: left-aligned text, right-aligned text, centered text, or justified text, which is aligned evenly along the left and right margins. For example, in a paragraph that is left-aligned (the most common alignment), the left edge of the paragraph is flush with the left margin.

  1. Select the text that you want to align.

  2. On the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, click Align Left Button image or Align Right Button image .

  1. Select the text that you want to center.

  2. On the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, click Center Button image .

  1. Select the text that you want to center.

  2. On the Layout or Page Layout tab, click the Dialog Box Launcher Dialog box button in the Page Setup group, and then click the Layout tab.

  3. In the Vertical alignment box, click Center.

  4. In the Apply to box, click Selected text, and then click OK.

When you justify text in Word, you give your text straight edges on both sides of the paragraph. Justifying extends each line of your text to the left and right margins. Justifying text might make the last line of text in a paragraph considerably shorter than the other lines.

  1. Select the text you want to justify.

  2. On the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, click Justify Button image .

Tips: 

  • In the Paragraph group, click the Dialog Box Launcher Dialog box button , and select the Alignment drop-down menu to set your justified text.

    You can open the Paragraph dialog box by clicking the Expand icon.

    In the Paragraph dialog box, sent the direction of the alignment.

  • You can also use the keyboard shortcut, Ctrl + J to justify your text.

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