Word Document Text Alignment Fluctuates Left and Right


Microsoft Word for the Mac 2019 Dilemma…

A user sent a screenshot like the following and was wondering how to fix this text alignment issue happening in Microsoft Word for the Mac 2019.

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Based on the image that was shared, I would say the alignment differences are due to the document's margin settings.

On Word for the Mac the quick way to open the Document Layout/Margin dialog is from the Menu Bar at the top of the window and select Format > Document...

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The first thing to check is if there is a setting on Gutter.

Gutter is a term from old Typesetting days and it provides a little extra room for the binding of the printed pages into a book. So, if both the left and right margin settings are identical, the inclusion of a Gutter setting could cause the alignment difference you are seeing.

The other setting to double check is under the Multiple Pages menu...

If the Gutter setting is zero, and the left and right margin settings are not the same, then look under the Multiple Pages menu that I've captured in the screenshot above.

If the option to Mirror Margins is set that will swap the left and right margin settings on odd and even pages in the document. The reason for this is for printing on front and back of pages, and again think about the binding of pages. Even if you don't use the Gutter setting you can still get the same effect by having a little extra room on the "inside" margin where the document will be bound.