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Changing Text Alignment

PowerPoint has two ways to control text alignment. You can set horizontal alignment in the four standard ways: Left, Center, Right, and Justified (Figure 4.26). You can also set vertical alignment, which controls where the text is placed (Top, Middle, Bottom) within its text box (Figure 4.27). You'll use the Paragraph group in the Home tab to do the job.

Figure 4.26

Figure 4.26 Horizontal text alignment within a text box, showing (from top to bottom) Left, Center, Right, and Justified text alignments.

Figure 4.27

Figure 4.27 Vertical text alignment within a text box. From top to bottom: Top, Middle, and Bottom alignments.

To set horizontal text alignment:

  1. On your slide, select the text whose alignment you wish to change.
  2. Click the appropriate horizontal alignment button in the Home > Paragraph group (Figure 4.28).

    Figure 4.28

    Figure 4.28 Use the buttons in the Paragraph group to set horizontal and vertical alignment.

    The text alignment changes.

To set vertical text alignment:

  1. On your slide, select the text whose alignment you wish to change.
  2. Choose the alignment you want from the pop-up menu at Home > Paragraph > Align Text Vertically (Figure 4.29).
    Figure 4.29

    Figure 4.29 Use this pop-up menu to set vertical spacing within a text box.

    The text alignment changes.
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