Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007 and 2010. 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 September 8, 2016)

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If you are writing a VBA macro, you may want to apply paragraph alignment formatting within your document. To do so, you use the Alignment property, as follows:

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.

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 and 2010. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Aligning Paragraphs in a Macro.

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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2016-09-08 15:54:34

Peter K

@DavidG,
To be fair to Allen, I don't read him as saying a macro is the best way to format paragraphs. He's simply saying that where a macro is required, and in that macro a required step is to format a paragraph, this is how you do it.

I actually find those 1 step tips quite helpful because from time to time I pick up new ideas. I might have written a macro, and then he comes along with an idea which shows me how I could have done it better.


2016-09-08 10:40:05

David G

Using a style to do this is better.
Simply select each paragraph to be aligned | manually apply the formatting | show the style pane (Alt+Ctrl+Shift+S)| right-click the desired style | click Update <style name> to match selection.
Now when you add more paragraphs, you can apply the style to them. No need to deal with macros.


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