Alignment

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.

Tip

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

Left-aligned

Tab-aligned

Center-aligned

Right-aligned

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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