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Change paragraph formatting

Just as you can apply formatting to individual items or sections of text, you can also format paragraphs by changing a paragraph’s alignment or by increasing or decreasing the text’s indentation. One common way to emphasize a quote, for example, is to indent the quote’s text so it stands out from the surrounding text. You can also change your text’s alignment so it aligns with the left, center, or right edge of the note it’s contained within.

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Select an alignment that fits a paragraph’s role on the page

If you find your text is hard to read, perhaps because the lines are too close together, you can add space above or below a line, or set a minimum space between lines.

To change paragraph alignment

  1. Do either of the following:

    • Click anywhere in the paragraph you want to align.
    • Select the paragraphs you want to align.
  2. On the Home tab of the ribbon, in the Basic Text group, click the Paragraph Alignment button, and then click the alignment you want to apply.

To increase a paragraph’s indent level

  1. Do either of the following:

    • Click anywhere in the paragraph you want to format.
    • Select the paragraphs you want to format.
  2. On the Home tab of the ribbon, in the Basic Text group, click the Increase Indent Position button.

To decrease a paragraph’s indent level

  1. Do either of the following:

    • Click anywhere in the paragraph you want to format.
    • Select the paragraphs you want to format.
  2. On the Home tab of the ribbon, in the Basic Text group, click the Decrease Indent Position button.

To set paragraph spacing

  1. Do either of the following:

    • Click anywhere in the paragraph you want to format.
    • Select the paragraphs you want to format.
  2. On the Home tab of the ribbon, in the Basic Text group, click the Paragraph Alignment button, and then click Paragraph Spacing Options.

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    Control white space within and around paragraphs

  3. In the Paragraph Spacing dialog box, do any of the following:

    • In the Before box, enter the number of points of blank space you want to have above the paragraph.
    • In the After box, enter the number of points of blank space you want to have below the paragraph.
    • In the Line spacing at least box, enter the minimum number of points of vertical space the line must occupy. This value includes the space above the line, the font size of the line, and the space below the line, so the results will differ depending on the font type and size.
  4. Click OK.