MacOS – How to justify the last line of a broken paragraph in Word for Mac

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When I am editing a Word document, which contains images, I need to break a paragraph, so that the image stays at the top of the page, instead of allowing the intervening image (or table for that matter) being pushed down by the overflowing text. When this happens, I need to break the paragraph at the bottom of a page and then copy and paste the rest of the paragraph into the text after the image. However, when I do this the last line of the broken paragraph does not justify to the right even though I do the recommended command, which is the pressing of command + J. Moreover, solutions given for Word for Windows do not work either, like pressing ctrl + shift + J or Shift + Return. To better illustrate the problem, please check a similar question at the SuperUser site, whose solution does NOT work on Word for Mac. How do I then justify the last line of a broken paragraph in Word for Mac?

Best Answer

After trying many sites (including Microsoft's own help page on this subject) and many other suggestions, which none of them worked, I finally found out how you can do this.

  1. Open Microsoft Word (including latest version 16.50)
  2. Go to Word menu->Preferences
  3. Click on Ribbon & Toolbar
  4. Click on the tab Quick Access Toolbar
  5. Change the popup menu from Popular Commands to All Commands
  6. Search for the command Distribute Text on the list to the left and select it.
  7. Click on the button > to add it to the Customize Quick Access Toolbar list. This icon should appear at the top left corner of the Word document window.
  8. Select the paragraph you want to fix and click on the icon you just added and, voilá, problem solved.

I think this solution is quite convoluted. It could have been easily fixed if this command would show up in the ribbon but, at least for me, it doesn't.