Updated: 12/31/2020 by Computer Hope
text alignment

Align or alignment is a term used to describe how text is placed on the screen. For example, left-aligned text creates a straight line of text on the left side of the page (like this paragraph). Text can be aligned along the edge of a page, cell, div, table, or another visible or non-visible line. Below are some different examples of aligned text.


When aligning or positioning text never press the spacebar a bunch of times. Using this method to position text on a page causes many problems. Text should be positioned using one of the alignments mentioned below or by using tab stops and the Tab key.

Examples of alignment





What are the alignment shortcut keys?

The alignment keyboard shortcut keys can vary depending on what program is used and the type of computer. However, generally speaking, use Ctrl+L to left align, Ctrl+E to center, Ctrl+R to right align, and Ctrl+J to justify text.

How many alignments are in Microsoft Word?

In Microsoft Word and most word processors, there are four alignments for text: left, center, right, and justified.

What is the default alignment?

With programs designed for English users, the left alignment is the default alignment. With languages that write right-to-left, the right alignment is the default alignment.

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