justified text

Your choice, but hyphenation
is required

Jus­ti­fied text is spaced so the left and right sides of the text block both have a clean edge. The usual alter­na­tive to jus­ti­fied text is left-aligned text, which has an uneven right edge. Com­pared to left-aligned text, jus­ti­fi­ca­tion gives text a cleaner, more for­mal look.

Jus­ti­fi­ca­tion works by adding white space between the words in each line so all the lines are the same length. This alters the ideal spac­ing of the font, but in para­graphs of rea­son­able width it’s usu­ally not dis­tract­ing.

If you’re using jus­ti­fied text, you must also turn on hyphenation to pre­vent grue­somely large spaces between words. I’ve been sur­prised at how many law­yers quib­ble with this advice. On what grounds?It’s just not how we do things.” I’m afraid there’s no room for debate on this point, as the con­se­quences are often dire—

Jus­ti­fi­ca­tion is a mat­ter of per­sonal pref­er­ence. It is not a sig­ni­fier of pro­fes­sional typog­ra­phy. For instance, most major U.S. news­pa­pers and mag­a­zines use a mix of jus­ti­fied and left-aligned text. Books, on the other hand, tend to be jus­ti­fied.