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Part 6. Formatting Characters and Paragraphs > Changing Paragraph Alignment

Changing Paragraph Alignment

The paragraph that contains the insertion point is left-aligned, so the Align Left button is selected.

To center a paragraph, select it and click the Center button.

The paragraph is centered; click anywhere in the document to deselect the paragraph.

To right-align a paragraph, select it and click the Align Right button.

INTRODUCTION

Alignment refers to the way the right and left edges of a paragraph line up along the margins. By default, Word uses left alignment, which gives paragraphs a straight left edge and a ragged right edge. You usually use centering and right alignment for headings or other short lines of text. Occasionally, you may want to justify paragraphs so that both the right and left edges are straight. Justified text is frequently used in magazines and newspapers. To change alignment, you use the four alignment buttons on the Formatting toolbar.


The paragraph is right-aligned; click anywhere in the document to deselect the paragraph.

To justify a paragraph, select it and click the Justify button.

The paragraph is justified; click anywhere in the document to deselect the paragraph.


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