ARCHIVED: In Microsoft Word, how do I justify text on a page?

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To space text evenly on the page in Microsoft Word, follow the appropriate instructions below.

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Changing the vertical alignment

Word 2010 and 2007 for Windows

  1. From the Page Layout tab, open the Page Setup... dialog box (using the button in the lower right corner of the Page Setup group).
  2. Select the Layout tab.
  3. In the "Vertical alignment:" box, select Justified, and then click OK.

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Word for Mac OS X

  1. From the Format menu, select Document....
  2. Select the Layout tab.
  3. From the Vertical alignment menu, select Justified, and then click OK.

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Changing the horizontal alignment

Note: Because the last line of text in a paragraph is often shorter than the other lines, it may not appear to be justified. To justify the last line in a justified paragraph, place the insertion point at the end of the last line, and then press Shift-Enter (Shift-Return on a Mac). Use the Enter key on the main keyboard, not on the keypad. This will insert a soft return (i.e., a non-paragraph-ending return). Be aware that justifying a very short line of text may look odd because of the large amount of space that will be created between the words.

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Word 2010 and 2007 for Windows and Word 2011 for Mac

  1. Select the text you want to justify.
  2. From the Home tab, click the Justify icon ( Image of the Justify icon ) in the "Paragraph" group*.

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Word 2008 and earlier for Mac

  1. Select the text you want to justify.
  2. On the "Formatting" toolbar, click the Justify icon ( Image of the Justify icon )*.

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*Alternatively, after selecting the text you want to justify, you can right-click it (control-click on a Mac) and select Paragraph. In the Paragraph dialog box, select the Indents and Spacing tab and, from the Alignment drop-down list, select Justified.

The above instructions were adapted from the following articles:

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Last modified on 2018-01-18 12:11:06.

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