Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Word offers four kinds of alignment options, all of them on the Home tab’s
Paragraph section, shown in Figure 2-15:
• Left (Alt, H, AL). This makes the paragraph’s text line up on the left side only,
leaving it ragged on the right. This is the most common kind of alignment and
works well for all kinds of writing: reports, essays, school papers, letters, stories,
and other documents.
• Center (Alt, H, AC). This lines up the paragraph down the center, so each line
is of equal length to the left and right of that point. Centered text is good for
titles and headings but also for invitations and programs.
• Right (Alt, H, AR). Right-aligned text lines up along the right side of the
paragraph and is ragged on the left side. You might use right alignment to line up
a column of numbers, for example, or to offset a quotation you’re using as an
• Justified (Alt, H, AJ). Justified text lines up along both the right and left
margins. Many business documents, formal reports, and books use this kind
Figure 2-16 shows an example of each alignment style.
Here’s the same paragraph using Word’s
four different alignment options.