Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Word in Office 365. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Aligning Paragraphs in a Macro.

Aligning Paragraphs in a Macro

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated July 28, 2018)

Long-time Word users know that if you are formatting the paragraphs in your document, the Home tab of the ribbon includes some great tools you can use, or (better still) you can use styles to do the formatting. What if you have a need to align a paragraph within a macro you are writing, though? What do you do then?

Actually, aligning paragraphs within a macro is quite easy, requiring only a single line. Here's an example of how you would, for instance, center-align a paragraph:

Selection.ParagraphFormat.Alignment = wdAlignParagraphCenter

Notice that the Alignment property is set to a preset Word value, in this case wdAlignParagraphCenter. There are a number of different values you can use in your alignment:

  • wdAlignParagraphLeft to align the paragraph to the left margin.
  • wdAlignParagraphCenter to align the paragraph to the center of the print area.
  • wdAlignParagraphRight to align the paragraph to the right margin.
  • wdAlignParagraphJustify to align full lines within the paragraph with both left and right margins.

Note:

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WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (12039) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Word in Office 365. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Aligning Paragraphs in a Macro.

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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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