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Aligning a Paragraph in a Macro

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated April 6, 2013)

Word allows a rich set of formatting attributes for text in a document. You can control the alignment of a paragraph by using the following VBA statement:

Selection.Paragraphs.Alignment = position

where position is one of the constants shown in the following table:

Constant Result
wdAlignParagraphLeft Formats the current paragraph as left justified
wdAlignParagraphCenter Formats the current paragraph as centered
wdAlignParagraphRight Formats the current paragraph as right justified
wdAlignParagraphJustify Formats the current paragraph so it expands to the 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 (3501) 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 a Paragraph 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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