Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Session 2.2
Aligning Text
As you begin formatting individual paragraphs in the Tree FAQ document, keep in mind
that in Word, a paragraph is defined as any text that ends with a paragraph mark symbol
( ). A paragraph can be a group of words that is many lines long, a single word, or even a
blank line, in which case you see a paragraph mark alone on a single line. (The Tree FAQ
document includes one blank paragraph before each question heading.)
The term alignment refers to how the text of a paragraph lines up horizontally between
the margins. By default, text is aligned along the left margin but is ragged , or uneven,
along the right margin. This is called left alignment . With right alignment , the text is
aligned along the right margin and is ragged along the left margin. With center alignment ,
text is centered between the left and right margins and is ragged along both the left and
right margins. With justified alignment , full lines of text are spaced between both the left
and the right margins and the text is not ragged. Text in newspaper columns is often justi-
fied. The easiest way to apply alignment settings is by using the alignment buttons on the
Formatting toolbar.
Marilee indicates that the title of the Tree FAQ should be centered and that the main
paragraphs should be justified. First, you’ll center the title.
To center-align the title:
1. Verify that the insertion point is located in the title “Frequently Asked Questions About Trees”
at the beginning of the document.
2. Click the Center button on the Formatting toolbar. The text centers between the left
and right margins. See Figure 2-20.
Figure 2-20
Centered title
Center button
title formatted with Center alignment
Next, you’ll justify the text in the first two main paragraphs.
To justify the first two paragraphs using the Formatting toolbar:
1. Click anywhere in the paragraph that begins “Start by digging a test hole . . . ”
2. Click the Justify button on the Formatting toolbar. The paragraph text spreads out so
that it lines up evenly along the left and right margins.
3. Scroll down so you can move the insertion point to anywhere in the paragraph that begins
“While you might be tempted . . . ”
4. Click the Justify button on the Formatting toolbar again. The text is evenly spaced
between the left and right margins. See Figure 2-21.
 
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