How do I justify text in Word?

Applies to
Microsoft Word 97 and 2000

Justifying text can make a document look professional. When you justify text in Microsoft Word, the text is aligned with both the left and right margins or with any paragraph indents. Because justifying a short line of text creates large spaces between words, Word does not justify a paragraph containing a single line or the last line of a paragraph. You can either justify the text manually or by making justification a property of the style applied to your text.

To justify text manually

  1. Select the text you want to justify.
  2. On the Format menu, click Paragraph.
  3. On the Indents and Spacing tab, in the Alignment box, select Justified.

 Tip   Use the Formatting toolbar to justify your text quickly. Select the text, then click Justify. (To display the Formatting toolbar, point to Toolbars on the View menu, and then click Formatting.)

To modify the paragraph style

  1. On the Format menu, click Style.
  2. In the Styles box , select the style you want to modify, and then click Modify.
  3. Click Format, and then click Paragraph.
  4. On the Indents and Spacing tab, in the Alignment box, select Justified.