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Aligning Paragraphs

Paragraph alignment refers to how the left and right edges of a paragraph line up (see Figure 10.10).Left-aligned paragraphs line up on the left edge but are ragged on the right (the Word default). Left-aligned text is commonly used in informal letters or in the body text in a book, such as this book.Right-aligned paragraphs line up on the right edge but are ragged on the left. Right-aligned text can be used in headers and footers in a document—for example, page numbering—or when you are creating a list and want the items in the right column to line up along the right margin. Centered paragraphs are ragged on both edges and centered between the margins. Centered paragraphs are most often used for headings. Justified paragraphs are aligned on both edges and are often used in formal business letters and in text that appears in columns, as in a newsletter.

Figure 10.10. You can choose from four styles of alignment: left, centered, right, and justified.



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