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Aligning Paragraphs in a Macro

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 19, 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.

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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 (827) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) 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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What is one more than 6?

2019-10-02 04:00:42

Ken Endacott

Marie. I am not sure whether you want to left align the whole table or left align the first column text within the cells. See the code below for both options.
When the whole table is left aligned then the text in the first cell (ie the top left cell) is aligned with the left margin. Therefore the table’s left border projects into the left margin by the left padding of the first cell.

' left align whole table
With Selection.Tables(1).Rows
.WrapAroundText = True
.RelativeHorizontalPosition = _
wdRelativeHorizontalPositionMargin
.HorizontalPosition = wdTableLeft
End With

' left align text within first column
With Selection.Tables(1)
.Columns(1).Select
Selection.ParagraphFormat.Alignment = wdAlignParagraphLeft
End With


2019-10-01 11:22:57

Marie

How do i align the first column of a table left aligned, cannot find coding that will work

Selection.PasteSpecial Link:=False, DataType:=wdPasteRTF, Placement:= _
wdInLine, DisplayAsIcon:=False
With Selection
.Tables(1).Select
.Style = ActiveDocument.Styles("CG Table Text")
.Tables(1).AutoFitBehavior (wdAutoFitContent)
.Tables(1).AutoFitBehavior (wdAutoFitWindow)
.ParagraphFormat.Alignment = wdAlignParagraphRight
.Columns(1).Alignment = wdAlignParagraphLeft
With .Cells
.VerticalAlignment = wdCellAlignVerticalCenter
.Height = CentimetersToPoints(0.44)
End With
End With
End Sub


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