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Line justification (a.k.a. paragraph alignment)

Unless otherwise noted, all instructions and screenshots are from Microsoft Office for Windows.

Super easy — here’s how you do left-justify, right-justify, center, and full-justify in Microsoft Word (either with your mouse or your keyboard).

Using the Formatting Toolbar

You can control justification/alignment of a paragraph by clicking on the following buttons on the Formatting Toolbar.

leftjustify Left-Justify — leaves a ragged right edge to the paragraph (like a typewriter would).

centerjustify Center — centers the text on each line.

fulljustify Full-Justify — gives paragraphs an even left and right margin by proportionally spacing the text.

rightjustify Right-Justify — aligns the text even with the right-hand margin.

Using the Format, Paragraph menu

If you need to do more extensive paragraph formatting (indentions, etc.), you can also adjust the justification/alignment within the Format, Paragraph menu while you’re there:


Using the keyboard

Assuming you have not re-assigned any of Word’s delivered hot-keys (a.k.a. shortcut keys), you can use the following key combinations to control justification/alignment:

  • Left-justify – CNTRL-L
  • Right-justify – CNTRL-R
  • Center-justify – CNTRL-E
  • Full-justify – CNTRL-J

by Deborah Savadra

I spend an inordinate amount of my time playing with computers and attempting to explain technology to lawyers and law office staff. It's not always easy, but someone's got to do it.

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