Aligning Text Horizontally
You can change the alignment of paragraphs in a text box, table cell, shape, or column
so that text is aligned to the left or right border, centered, or aligned on both left and
First you must select the text or text box containing text you want to align.
To justify text or align it left, center, or right, do any of the following:
Click the Alignment buttons in the format bar.
Click Inspector in the toolbar, click the Text button, and then click Text. Click one of the
five horizontal alignment buttons, located to the right of the color well.
Choose Format > Text > Align Left, Center, Align Right, Justify, or Auto Align Table Cell
From left to right, the buttons in the format bar and Text inspector have the
Align Left: Places each line of text against the left margin of the object.
Center: Sets the center of each line of text at the center of the object.
Align Right: Sets each line of text against the right margin of the object.
Justify: Spaces characters in each line so that the lines reach both the left and right
margins of the object.
Auto Align Table Cell: Left-justifies text and right-justifies numbers in a table cell. (This
option is available only if you’ve selected a table or table cell.)
The first four alignment buttons are available on the format bar when text is selected.
The fifth horizontal alignment button is also available on the format bar when a table
cell is selected.
If you want to indent the first line of text in a paragraph or learn how to remove
paragraph indenting, see “Aligning Text with Tab Stops and Paragraph Indentation” on