In Word, a paragraph is any amount of text followed by a paragraph mark (a stroke of the Enter key). Word inserts into the paragraph mark any paragraph formatting that is turned on.
By default, paragraphs in a Word document are aligned at the left margin and ragged at the right margin. Change this default alignment with buttons in the Paragraph group, at the Paragraph dialog box, or with keyboard shortcuts for left, center, right, or fully aligned.
To turn on or off the display of nonprinting characters such as paragraph marks, click the Show/Hide ¶ button in the Paragraph group in the Home tab.
Indent text in paragraphs with indent buttons in the Paragraph group in the Home tab, indent buttons in the Paragraph group in the Page Layout tab, keyboard shortcuts, options at the Paragraph dialog box, markers on the Ruler, or use the Alignment button on the Ruler. Refer to Table 3.2 for a description of the various methods for indenting text.
Increase or decrease spacing before and after paragraphs using the Spacing Before and Spacing After measurement boxes in the Paragraph group in the Page Layout tab or using the Before and/or After options at the Paragraph dialog box.
Repeat the last action by pressing the F4 function key or pressing Ctrl + Y.
Use the Format Painter button in the Clipboard group in the Home tab to copy character formatting that you have already applied to text in different locations in the document.
Change line spacing with the Line Spacing button in the Paragraph group in the Home tab, keyboard shortcuts, or options at the Paragraph dialog box.
Number paragraphs with the Numbering button in the Paragraph group in the Home tab and insert bullets before paragraphs with the Bullets button.
Display the Reveal Formatting task pane to display formatting applied to text. Use the Compare to another selection option in the task pane to compare the formatting of two text selections to determine how the formatting differs.
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