How to Left Justify & Right Justify on the Same Line in Word

by Filonia LeChat

Typing in Microsoft Word is often automatic, as words appear on the page from left to right. In creating the word processing software, Microsoft built in several ways you can take control of that text and set it into other alignments, called justification. While Word lets you choose between right and left alignment on a line, you can pick only one. When you want to use both on a single line, you have to get a little creative and take advantage of another Word feature, the table creator, to create a workaround.

Step 1

Open Microsoft Word and open your document.

Step 2

Scroll to the section with the line to right and left justify and press the "Enter" key twice to leave a space below the line.

Step 3

Click the "Insert" tab. Click the "Table" button. Drag the table so you have a 2 x 1 table, one row with two cells or columns. The table is added below the line to justify.

Step 4

Highlight the part of the line, such as an essay author's name, to justify left. Right-click that part of the line and select "Cut." Click inside the cell on the table, right-click and select "Paste." This pastes in, by default, as left-justified.

Step 5

Repeat to cut and paste the remaining part of the line into the other cell on the table. This pastes in left-justified. Click the "Align Right Text" button on the "Paragraph" section of the ribbon at the top of the screen. That part of the text is now right-justified, but you can still see the table.

Click the table's border to bring up the yellow "Table Tools" tab. Click the "Borders" drop-down on the right side of the ribbon. Click "No Border." The border now looks like a dotted blue line, but will be invisible on any printouts or if you save the file to a PDF file.

About the Author

Fionia LeChat is a technical writer whose major skill sets include the MS Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher), Photoshop, Paint, desktop publishing, design and graphics. LeChat has a Master of Science in technical writing, a Master of Arts in public relations and communications and a Bachelor of Arts in writing/English.

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