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How to Find Word 2010's Paragraph Formatting Commands

Word 2010 provides ample tools for formatting paragraphs of text. There’s a simple way, for example, to automatically indent the first line of a paragraph. Word gathered some of the most popular paragraph-formatting commands into the Paragraph group, found on the Home tab. This figure illustrates the Paragraph group, although Word may show a different arrangement of the command buttons, depending on your Word window’s width.

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In an odd twist, indenting and paragraph spacing are found in another Paragraph group, this one on the Page Layout tab.

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Because many of the paragraph-formatting commands require you to enter values, there also exists a Paragraph dialog box. In it, you find some finer controls that the command buttons just don't offer.

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To summon the Paragraph dialog box, click the Dialog Box Launcher button, found in the lower-right corner of the Paragraph group. Or you can use the forgettable keyboard shortcut Alt+H, P, G. Click the Cancel button or press the Esc key to dismiss the Paragraph dialog box.

The Mini toolbar, which shows up after you select text, also contains a smattering of paragraph-formatting buttons.

Some folks like to see the Enter key symbol (¶) in their documents, visually marking the end of each paragraph:

  1. Choose the Options command from the File tab menu.

  2. Click Display on the left side of the Word Options dialog box.

  3. On the right side, put a check mark by Paragraph Marks.

  4. Click OK.

    Now, every time you press the Enter key, a ¶ symbol appears at the end of the paragraph.

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