Alignment is a simple enough concept. It sets the paragraph in one of four positions:
- Align Left
- Center Horizontally
- Align Right
By default, paragraphs are aligned left.
These four positions can be set in several places. The sections below will show these places.
- Alignment tab in the Paragraph dialog.
- Properties tab in the sidebar
- Several toolbars:
- Formatting toolbar in Default user interface
- Context groups user interface (Justified is missing)
- Contextual single
- Tabbed Compact
- Groupedbar Full in the Paragraph section. (There are icons and items in the Paragraph menu)
- Groupedbar Compact in the Paragraph section. (There are icons and items in the Paragraph menu)
The paragraph dialog is accessed through the Format menu, right-click menu, and by clicking the More options button in the Paragraph section of the Properties tab.
The Paragraph dialog has an additional and related feature that is not available in the other ways these four settings can be accessed.
If you select the Justified radio button, the Last line drop-down menu is activated. This setting will affect the last line of the paragraph. The choices are as follows:
- Start: This is normal left alignment. The characters have natural spacing. There is most likely white space between the last character and the edge of the page.
- Centered: This aligns the text so there is white space on the left side of the first character and the right of the last character.
- Justified: This will spread out the text so it fills the entire line. There are typically white space between each characters.
|Positions||Windows, Linux distros||Mac|
|Left||Ctrl L||Cmd L|
|Centered||Ctrl E||Cmd E|
|Right||Ctrl R||Cmd R|
|Justified||Ctrl J||Cmd J|
The sidebar is on the right side of the window. Click the Properties tab, which is second from the top. The alignment options are in the Paragraph section.
Formatting toolbar in Default user interface