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Aligning Paragraphs in a Macro

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated June 9, 2018)

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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, 2010, 2013, and 2016. 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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