Full Justification in Word 2007

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated September 12, 2016)


Gabriel wrote about how the ability to make Word do full justification in the same way that WordPerfect did seems to be missing from Word 2007. The Word method of justifying text has traditionally been to add spaces between words to stretch a line, whereas WordPerfect's method was to add or narrow the spacing between letters throughout the whole line. This meant that WordPerfect's method provided a better looking printed page, without spacing gaps that could appear as a result of Word's method.

The good news is that the option to do justification the way WordPerfect did is still alive and well in Word 2007, it is just much more difficult to locate. Follow these steps:

  1. Click the Office button in the upper-left corner of the screen, then click on Word Options. Word displays the Word Options dialog box.
  2. At the left side of the dialog box, click Advanced.
  3. Scroll through the entire list of advanced features to the very end. There you'll see "Layout Options" with a plus sign next to the option.
  4. Click the plus sign next to Layout Options. You'll see a huge list of options appear in the dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  5. Figure 1. The expanded Layout Options.

  6. Scroll through the list of options, locating the one entitled "Do Full Justification the Way WordPerfect 6.x for Windows Does." The layout options are listed alphabetically, so this option will be located near the top of the list.
  7. Make sure the check box next to the option is selected.
  8. Click OK.

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Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...


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What is six more than 8?

2016-07-04 16:29:35

Peter Kirkpatrick

In Word 2010 click on the File tab instead of the Office button. The rest of the instructions above apply the same.

2016-06-29 04:32:08

Surendera M. Bhanot

How can I do it in Word2010 and Word2013??

2012-05-29 01:18:49


THANK YOU. I literally just spent two hours trying to figure out how to do this. I followed explanation after explanation, but this helped me find what I needed.

My problem was slightly different. The WordPerfect trick did not work. Here is what I did:

I was editing a document where someone used line breaks instead of paragraph breaks, resulting in lots of extra spaces in my justified text. I followed these steps but instead of clicking the wordperfect optiion, I clicked, "Don't expand character spaces on a line that ends with shift-return."

Life changer!

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