Hello, Google Docs aficionados! Michael from Home Giraffe here. I’ve been working with Google Docs for years now. I consider myself something of an expert on this cloud-based word processor, and I’m here today to talk to you about a subject that’s both simple and crucial: how to justify text in Google Docs.

Whether you’re working on an academic paper, a professional report, or a personal project, justified text can lend your document that polished look you’re aiming for.

Justification aligns the text evenly along both the left and right margins, giving it a cleaner, more symmetrical appearance. So, without further ado,

let’s dive into the easy-to-follow steps for justifying your text in Google Docs.

Step 1: Open Your Google Docs Document

First things first. Open up your Google Docs document.

If you’re not familiar with how to do this, simply head over to Google Drive, find the document you want to work on, and double-click it.

If you’re starting from scratch, click on the “New” button on the upper-left corner and then choose “Google Docs.”

Step 2: Select the Text You Want to Justify

Once your document is open, highlight the text you want to justify. You can do this in several ways:

  1. Drag and Select: Click at the beginning of the text, hold down your mouse button, and then drag to the end of the section you wish to justify.
  2. Shift + Arrow Keys: Place your cursor at the beginning or end of the text and hold down the “Shift” key while using the arrow keys to highlight the text.

Step 3: Navigate to the Justify Option

After selecting your text, there are multiple ways to find the “Justify” option.

  1. Toolbar Method: Look at the toolbar at the top of the page. You’ll see a series of alignment buttons that look like lines. Click on the button that shows lines aligned to both the left and right sides. This is the “Justify” button.

  2. Right-Click Method: After selecting the text, right-click to bring up a context menu. Navigate to “Align” and then choose “Justify.”

  3. Menu Method: Go to the “Format” menu at the top, choose “Align & indent,” and then choose “Justify.”

  4. Shortcut Method: For the keyboard wizards out there, press Ctrl + Shift + J (Windows) or Cmd + Shift + J (Mac).

Step 4: Confirm Text is Justified

Once you’ve clicked on “Justify,” the text should now align evenly along both the left and right margins. Scroll through the document to confirm that the selected text has been justified.

Bonus Tip: Justifying a Single Paragraph

To justify a single paragraph, you don’t need to select the entire text. Simply place your cursor anywhere within the paragraph and follow the justification steps.

Google Docs will automatically justify that specific paragraph.


Justifying text in Google Docs is a straightforward process that can make a big difference in the appearance of your document.

It adds a level of professionalism that’s hard to achieve otherwise.

Hopefully, this guide has made the process clear and simple for you.

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Stay tuned for more Google Docs tips and tricks!

Happy Documenting!