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In Word 2010 Essential Training, Gini Courter uses real-world examples to teach the core features and tools in Word 2010. The course starts off with an orientation of the Word 2010 interface, and then delves into the functionality at the heart of Word: creating, editing, and formatting documents. It also covers proofing documents, reviewing documents with others, sharing and securing documents, working with tables, and illustrating documents. Exercise files are included with the course.
Alignment is the horizontal positioning of text on the page. You can't apply alignment to individual words. Alignment is always applied to entire paragraphs, or to an entire document. There are four alignments that are used in Microsoft Word. We will find them in the Paragraph group on the Home tab: Left alignment, Center alignment, Right alignment and Justify. Left alignment is the default. Each line begins at the left edge of the page.
body text is typically left-aligned. So, if we had text that wasn't left- aligned, we would simply select it, and click Left alignment. If body text is not left- aligned, it is usually justified. Here is another choice. When we Justify, Word adds extra spaces between the words in order to give us a consistent right margin. Justification is often used in newspapers, or in newsletters. This is sharp looking to have this nice crisp edge. Let's take a whole paragraph here and Justify it.
Note how sharp that right edge looks. On the other hand, some readers complain that this justified text is actually harder for them to read, that the ragged edge that we see on a paragraph like this one provides an important visual cue to help them track their way through a document. So let's return this to Left alignment and our first paragraph to Left alignment. Center alignment is usually used for titles. With Center alignment, the middle of the title or the heading is positioned at the midpoint between the left and right margins in the document.
So let's center this title and see the difference, or we might center this heading 1, and this is what it would look like. Again, a good look for a title. Let's now center this text and see what that looks like. If this were body text that we needed to read, centering it will make a lot of people crazy pretty quickly. So let's Undo those three changes. You'll use Right alignment occasionally for titles. Simply select Paragraph and then choose Right alignment.
It's a classic look. If you were going to Right-align some titles, you'd almost want to Right-align all of them. Right alignment is a very different look. It tilts the document towards the right and again, gives it a look that's often thought. It was a more technical look to a document. More frequently than titles, you would use Right alignment for specific elements, for example, a page footer that you want to position, flush with the right margin. So use Center and Right alignments to make titles, headings, and page elements stand out from body text.
Use Justification for a crisp, clean look for your paragraph, and use the default Left alignment for most of the body text in your document.
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