Align text left or right, center text, or justify text on a page (2024)

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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.

Vertical alignment determines the position of the text within a section of a document relative to the top and bottom margins, and is often used to create a cover page.

  1. Select the text that you want to align.

  2. On the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, click Align Left Align text left or right, center text, or justify text on a page (1) or Align Right Align text left or right, center text, or justify text on a page (2).

  1. Select the text that you want to center.

  2. On the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, click Center Align text left or right, center text, or justify text on a page (3).

  1. Select the text that you want to center.

  2. On the Layout or Page Layout tab, click the Dialog Box Launcher Align text left or right, center text, or justify text on a page (4) 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 Align text left or right, center text, or justify text on a page (5).

Tips:

  • In the Paragraph group, click the Dialog Box Launcher Align text left or right, center text, or justify text on a page (6), and select the Alignment drop-down menu to set your justified text.

    Align text left or right, center text, or justify text on a page (7) Align text left or right, center text, or justify text on a page (8)
  • You can also use the keyboard shortcut, Ctrl + J to justify your text.

In Office Word 2007, you can choose from a selection of predesigned cover pages to create a professional-looking document quickly and easily.

  1. On the Insert tab, in the Pages group, click Cover Page.

    Align text left or right, center text, or justify text on a page (9)

  2. Click the cover page that you want.

    A cover page is always added to the beginning of the open document.

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Align text left or right, center text, or justify text on a page (2024)

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

Conclusion. As a general rule, Justification is great when you have a lot of text to condense into close columns; Justification helps create imaginary boundaries between the columns. However, if you have more space between columns, using left-aligned text can help with the readability.

Should text be left-aligned or justified? ›

Conclusion. As a general rule, Justification is great when you have a lot of text to condense into close columns; Justification helps create imaginary boundaries between the columns. However, if you have more space between columns, using left-aligned text can help with the readability.

How to format text alignment to the left right centre and justify? ›

Align left – select the paragraph(s) and press Ctrl + L to align to the left. Align right – select the paragraph(s) and press Ctrl + R to align to the right. Align center – select the paragraph(s) and press Ctrl + E to align center. Justify – select the paragraph(s) and press Ctrl + J to justify.

What is the difference between text align center and justify? ›

If the text is right-aligned, the invisible vertical line sits to the right-hand side of the paragraph; if the text is center-aligned, the line sits in the center of the paragraph. It's possible to have the text aligned to both left and right; this is known as justified text.

What is the difference between align text left and justify? ›

For example, in a paragraph that is left-aligned (the most common alignment), text is aligned with the left margin. In a paragraph that is justified, text is aligned with both margins.

Is justified text more professional? ›

Justification is a matter of personal preference. It is not a signifier of professional typography.

What is the correct way to align text? ›

Align the text left or right

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

When to use justify alignment? ›

About Fully-Justified Text
  1. Often considered more formal, less friendly than left-aligned text.
  2. Usually allows for more characters per line, packing more into the same amount of space (than the same text set left-aligned).
Nov 19, 2019

What are the two ways to Centre left right or justify text? ›

A justified text increases the space between words to fill the entire line so that it is aligned with both the left and right edges. You can also center-align your text with the shortcut Ctrl+J (Cmnd+J). You can also change the alignment and justification settings in the paragraph dialog box.

What are the two types of text alignment? ›

There are four main alignments: left, right, center, and justified.
  • Left-aligned text is text that is aligned with a left edge.
  • Right-aligned text is text that is aligned with a right edge.
  • Centered text is text that is centered between two edges.

What are the 4 types of alignment? ›

What are the different types of alignment? There are four main types of alignment commonly used in design: left alignment, right alignment, center alignment, and justified alignment.

What is justified text left and right? ›

Left-justified means that the left edge of the text is aligned. Justified text means that both the left edge and the right edge of the text is aligned. So "left-aligned and justified" is no different from "justified", so your question doesn't make any sense to us.

What does left and right justified mean? ›

Definition of justified left and right

[1] Text aligned to both margins of the text column. [2] In movable type it refers to the adjustment of spaces in the beginning or end of the line of type and/or between words to lock the line width.

What is the difference between right aligned text and left aligned text? ›

(a) Left alignment is used to align the text on left side. Right alignment is used to align the text on right side. Centre alignment is used to align the text at the center of the page. Justified alignment joins the text with both the left and right margins.

Is left justified the same as left aligned? ›

Unlike justified text, left alignment requires no adjusting of uneven spaces between words because imbalances in line spacing always occur at the end of the line (see “left aligned” example above).

Why do readers want to read left justified text instead of centered text? ›

Left aligned text is easier to read than centered text for paragraphs. This is because when you center your text, the starting place of each line changes. This forces your users to work harder to find where each line begins to continue reading.

Should you justify text in an essay? ›

The text of your paper should be left aligned, NOT justified, as justified text is hard to read if it hasn't been professionally typeset. The default in Word is left alignment so don't change it.

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