Set paragraph alignment from the keyboard in Microsoft Word on a Mac

Updated June 16th, 2019.

What’s “LERJ,” you might wonder. Well, in Microsoft Word, it’s simple:

⌘-L left-justifies a paragraph

⌘-E cEnters a paragraph

⌘-R right-justifies a paragraph

⌘-J justifies a paragraph (that is, it fully justifies it– left and right edges squared off)

Put it all together and that spells “LERJ.”

(They couldn’t use ⌘-C for Center because ⌘-C is used, by the System, for Copy.)

This works in Word 2008, Word 2011, Word from Office 365, and will probably keep working in Word forever.

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