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Changing paragraph alignment and indents
Changing paragraph alignment and indents
In a Word 2013 document, you can align each paragraph at the
left margin, the right margin, or both margins, or you can center
each line between the margins. Most of the time, you’ll use tra-
ditional left alignment. Titles and quotes are often centered.
keep the first line at the margin and indent all the other lines
(which is called a hanging indent ).
For quick adjustments to one or a few paragraphs, you can
move the markers on the horizontal ruler. If you need more pre-
cise control of the indents, use the numeric settings in the Para-
graph dialog box. Of course, the best practice for consistency
throughout your document is to create or modify a paragraph
style that you can apply wherever you need it.
In addition to the left or right alignment, you can indent the
entire paragraph on one side or the other to make it stand out
from the surrounding text. You can have the first line of the
paragraph indented farther than the other lines, or you can
Change alignment and indents on the ribbon
and ruler
1 If the horizontal ruler isn’t visible, on the View tab, in the Show
group, select the Ruler check box.
2 Select the paragraphs that you want to format.
3 On the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, click one of the follow-
ing alignment buttons (or use the corresponding shortcut), depend-
ing on how you want the selected text to be aligned:
Align Left (shortcut Ctrl+L) Aligns the text at the left margin
(or at the left indent if you set that). The right ends of the lines
do not align (also called ragged right ).
Center (shortcut Ctrl+E) Centers the text between the left
and right margins (or between the left and right indents).
Align Right (shortcut Ctrl+R) Aligns the text at the right
margin (or at the right indent). The left ends of the lines do not
align (also called ragged left ).
Justify (shortcut Ctrl+J) Aligns the text at both the left and
right margins or indents. To accomplish this, Word adjusts the
width of the spaces between words, expanding or shrinking the
spaces, as needed.
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