Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Click the Cancel button or press the Esc key to dismiss the Paragraph dialog box.
The commands in the various paragraph-formatting locations are covered throughout the rest of this
The Mini toolbar, which shows up after you select text, also contains a smattering of
paragraph-formatting buttons. Refer to Chapter 6 for more information on the Mini toolbar.
Paragraph Justification and Alignment
Paragraph alignment has nothing to do with politics, and justification has nothing to do with the
right or wrong of how paragraphs are formatted. Instead, both terms refer to how the left and right
edges of the paragraph look on a page. The four options are Left, Center, Right, and Fully Justified,
each covered in this section.
Line up on the left!
Much to the pleasure of southpaws the English-speaking world over, left-aligning a paragraph is
considered normal: The left side of the paragraph is all even and tidy, and the right side is jagged,
not lined up.
To left-align a paragraph, press Ctrl+L or click the Align Left command button.
This type of alignment is also known as ragged right.
Left-aligning a paragraph is how you “undo” the other types of alignment.
Centering a paragraph places each line in that paragraph in the middle of the page, with an equal
amount of space to the line’s right or left.
To center a paragraph, press Ctrl+E or use the Center command button.
Centering is ideal for titles and single lines of text. It’s ugly for longer paragraphs and makes
reading your text more difficult.
You can center a single word in the middle of a line by using the center tab. Refer to Chapter 12
for the details.
Line up on the right!