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Chapter 4. Getting the Type Right > Changing Text Alignment

Changing Text Alignment

Keynote has two ways to control text alignment. You can set horizontal alignment in the four standard ways: Left, Center, Right, and Justified (Figure 4.22). You can also set vertical alignment, which controls where the text is placed (Top, Center, Bottom) within its text box (Figure 4.23). Once again, you'll use the Text Inspector to do the job.

Figure 4.22. Horizontal text alignment within a text box, showing (from top to bottom) Left, Center, Right, and Justified text alignments.


Figure 4.23. Vertical text alignment within a text box. From top to bottom: Top, Center, and Bottom alignments.


To set text alignment

1.
If necessary, open an Inspector window by clicking the Inspector button on the toolbar.

The Inspector window appears.

2.
Click the Text button in the Inspector window's toolbar.

The window changes to the Text Inspector.

3.
On your slide, select the text whose alignment you wish to change.

4.
Click the appropriate alignment button in the Color & Alignment section of the Text Inspector (Figure 4.24).

Figure 4.24. Use the buttons in the Color & Alignment section of the Text Inspector to set horizontal and vertical alignment.


The text alignment changes.

✓ Tip

  • You can also set text alignment from the keyboard with the following keyboard equivalents:

    Left align: .

    Center: .

    Right align: .

    Justify: .


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