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Text alignment can be manually controlled by several commands. In this article is explained how to change text justification for either part of the text, or the entire document. Contents 1 Introduction 2 Using the package ragged2e 3 Left-justified text 4 Right-justified text 5 Centred text 6 Fully justified text 7 Reference guide 8 Further reading  Introduction LaTeX default text is fully-justified, but often left-justified text may be a more suitable format. This left-alignment can be easily accomplished by importing the ragged2e package. \documentclass{article} \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} \usepackage[english]{babel} \usepackage[document]{ragged2e}   \begin{document} \section{Heading on Level 1 (section)}   Hello, here is some text without a meaning. This text should shows what a printed text will look like at this place. If you read this text, you will get no information...   \end{document} The line \usepackage[document]{ragged2e} imports the package ragged2e and left-justifies the text. See the next section for more information on how this package actually works.   Open an example in Overleaf  Using the package ragged2e There are several standard LaTeX commands to change the text alignment. Alternatively, you can use the commands provided by the package ragged2e. When the text is not fully justified, sometimes it may look "too ragged". The package ragged2e tackles this problem by allowing hyphenation when a line is too short, generating a more uniformly ragged text edge. Below, the example shown at the introduction is compared with an image of the same text left-justified using standard LaTeX commands. The package provides alternative commands for left justified text, right-justified text and centred text that support hyphenation. For these commands to be available the package has to be imported first, by adding to the preamble the next line: \usepackage{ragged2e} Alternative examples to those described in this article are presented in the next link:   Open an example of the ragged2e package in Overleaf  Left-justified text The default environment for left-alignment is flushleft \begin{flushleft} Hello, here is some text without a meaning. This text should show what a printed text will look like at this place. If you read this text, you will get no information. Really? Is there no information? Is there a difference between this text and some nonsense like not at all! A blind text like this gives you information about the selected font, how the letters are written and an impression of the look. This text should contain all letters of the alphabet and it should be written in of the original language.There is no need for special content, but the length of words should match the language. \end{flushleft}   This is the second paragraph. Hello, here is some text without a meaning. This text should show what a printed text will look like at this place. If you read this text, you will get no information. Really? Is there no information? Is there a difference between this text and some nonsense like not at all! A blind text like this gives you information about the selected font, how the letters are written and an impression of the look. This text should contain all letters of the alphabet and it should be written in of the original language.There is no need for special content, but the length of words should match the language. All the text in between \begin{flushleft} and \end{flushleft} is left-justified. The corresponding environment in ragged2e is FlushLeft. The switch command \raggedright will also produce left-aligned text, but the behaviour is different; in this case the text will be left-aligned from the point where the command is declared till another switch command is used. This is more suitable to align long blocks of text or the whole document. The equivalent command in ragged2e is \RaggedRight.   Open an example in Overleaf  Right-justified text Right-aligning text is straightforward with the environment \flushright. \begin{flushright} Hello, here is some text without a meaning. This text should show what a printed text will look like at this place. If you read this text, you will get no information. Really? Is there no information? Is there a difference between this text and some nonsense like not at all! A blind text like this gives you information about the selected font, how the letters are written and an impression of the look. This text should contain all letters of the alphabet and it should be written in of the original language.There is no need for special content, but the length of words should match the language. \end{flushright}   This is the second paragraph. Hello, here is some text without a meaning. This text should show what a printed text will look like at this place. If you read this text, you will get no information. Really? Is there no information? Is there a difference between this text and some nonsense like not at all! A blind text like this gives you information about the selected font, how the letters are written and an impression of the look. This text should contain all letters of the alphabet and it should be written in of the original language.There is no need for special content, but the length of words should match the language. Text in between \begin{flushright} and \end{flushright} is right-justified. If you prefer ragged2e the corresponding environment in that package is FlushRight. The switch command \raggedleft will also produce right-aligned text, but the behaviour is different; in this case the text will be right-aligned from the point where the command is declared till another switch command is used. This is more suitable for large blocks of text or for the whole document. The equivalent command in ragged2e is \RaggedLeft.   Open an example in Overleaf  Centred text To centre a block of text use the environment \center \begin{center} Hello, here is some text without a meaning. This text should show what a printed text will look like at this place. If you read this text, you will get no information. Really? Is there no information? Is there a difference between this text and some nonsense like not at all! A blind text like this gives you information about the selected font, how the letters are written and an impression of the look. This text should contain all letters of the alphabet and it should be written in of the original language.There is no need for special content, but the length of words should match the language. \end{center}   This is the second paragraph. Hello, here is some text without a meaning. This text should show what a printed text will look like at this place. If you read this text, you will get no information. Really? Is there no information? Is there a difference between this text and some nonsense like not at all! A blind text like this gives you information about the selected font, how the letters are written and an impression of the look. This text should contain all letters of the alphabet and it should be written in of the original language.There is no need for special content, but the length of words should match the language. Text in between \begin{center} and \end{center} is centred. The corresponding environment in ragged2e is Center. The switch command \centering will also produce centred text, but the behaviour is different; in this case the text will be centred from the point where the command is declared till another switch command is used. This is more suitable for large blocks of text or for the whole document. The equivalent command in ragged2e is \Centering.   Open an example in Overleaf  Fully justified text In LaTeX text is fully-justified by default and if a switch command such as \raggedright or \raggedleft is used the text alignment can not be switched back. For this case scenario you can use the package ragged2e. Import it adding \usepackage{ragged2e} to the preamble, then use the command justify as shown in the example below. \centering Hello, here is some text without a meaning. This text should show what a printed text will look like at this place. If you read this text, you will get no information. Really? Is there no information? Is there a difference between this text and some nonsense like not at all! A blind text like this gives you information about the selected font, how the letters are written and an impression of the look. This text should contain all letters of the alphabet and it should be written in of the original language.There is no need for special content, but the length of words should match the language.   \justify This is the second paragraph. Hello, here is some text without a meaning. This text should show what a printed text will look like at this place. If you read this text, you will get no information. Really? Is there no information? Is there a difference between this text and some nonsense like not at all! A blind text like this gives you information about the selected font, how the letters are written and an impression of the look. This text should contain all letters of the alphabet and it should be written in of the original language.There is no need for special content, but the length of words should match the language. The first paragraph in the previous example is centred by \centering and then the alignment is switched back to fully-justified text with \justify. ragged2e also provides the environment justify to fully-justify small blocks of text in a document that is entirely left or right aligned.   Open an example of the ragged2e package in Overleaf  Reference guide Summary of environments and commands for text alignment Alignment Environment Switch command ragged2e environment ragged2e switch command Left flushleft \raggedright FlushLeft \RaggedRight Right flushright \raggedleft FlushRight \RaggedLeft Centre center \centering Center \Centering Fully justified justify \justify   Open an example of the ragged2e package in Overleaf  Further reading For more information see : Paragraphs and new lines Paragraph formatting Bold, italics and underlining Font sizes, families, and styles Font typefaces Supporting modern fonts with XeLaTeX Line breaks and blank spaces Lists Sections and chapters Multiple columns Single sided and double sided documents The not so short introduction to LaTeX2ε The ragged2e package documentation