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Chapter 8. Aligning Information and Formatting Paragraphs and Lists

Understanding the Significance of Paragraphs in Word Documents222
Formatting Paragraphs by Aligning and Indenting Text224
Addressing Spacing Issues230
Controlling Alignment Using Tabs232
Modifying Paragraph Attributes Using Reveal Formatting237
Controlling Line and Page Breaks238
Taking Charge of Hyphenation239
Creating Drop Caps in Existing Paragraphs241
Creating Effective Lists243
Enhancing Bulleted Lists247
Improving Numbered Lists256
Resolving List Challenges260

Professional-looking documents rely on accurate content alignment and styling—no matter how avant-garde a document’s layout happens to be. Typesetters and layout artists have long recognized that effectively aligning page elements plays a large role in increasing a document’s readability and “keeping the reader’s eye on the page.” Even people untrained in design can quickly see that “something’s wrong” when they view a page that’s been slapped together without regard to formatting and alignment. Therefore, when you work in Word, you should give serious thought to formatting and aligning document elements. If you learn to use Word formatting and alignment tools effectively—maybe even automatically—you’ll be able to seamlessly integrate design tasks throughout the document creation process.



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