How to align left and right on the same line of text in Microsoft Word

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How to align left and right on the same line of text in Microsoft Word
Layout as well as wording matters in a business letter. (Hemera Technologies/Photos.com/Getty Images)

It takes seconds to align text to the right, left or centre in Microsoft Word -- you just highlight the relevant test and choose the preferred alignment option from the standard tool bar or from the “paragraph” tab. If you want some text aligned to the left and some to the right on the same line, you’ll need to spend an extra couple of seconds on the task.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

    Method one

  1. 1

    Type in the text you want aligned on the left. The default is left alignment so this should appear lined up how you want it. If not, select the left alignment from the paragraph tab. This is a very crude method, but might be the fastest if you only have one or two lines of text to do.

  2. 2

    After the left-aligned text, press the tab key and type the text you want aligned to the right.

  3. 3

    Go to the start of the text to be right aligned and press the tab key again. Repeat until the text is nearly aligned to the right.

  4. 4

    Press the space bar until the last character of the right hand text goes onto the next line.

  5. 5

    Press the backspace key once to get all the text on the same line again.

  6. 6

    Repeat for further lines of text.

    Method Two

  1. 1

    Go to the “paragraph” menu and select “tabs.”

  2. 2

    Type the width of the editable area of the page, shown on the ruler at the top, into the “tab stop” box.

  3. 3

    Select “right” from the alignment options.

  4. 4

    Click on “OK.”

  5. 5

    Type the text you want aligned on the left.

  6. 6

    Hit the tab key and type the text you want aligned on the right.

  7. 7

    Repeat the last two steps above for further lines of text. You don't need to set the right-alignment tab again.

Tips and warnings

  • If you have other tabs set in the document, press the tab key the requisite number of times to get the right-aligned one. Alternatively, select “clear all” from the tabs box prior to setting the right aligned tab.

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