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29emma

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Force Left Alignment Help
Posted: Jun 17, 2011 12:55 AM
 
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I need to force left alignment on an entire book. This is a series of "How To" instructions and I do not need them to indent themselves. It looks horrible in the previewer with the indents.

Problem is, I cannot figure out where to go to force the left alignment. I am using Word 2003. Can someone please post me instructions on how to do this? As in: save your document as this type, then open it and do this exactly. Talk to me like I'm five years old. I would really, really appreciate it. This is freaking me out as I have spent 2+ hours trying to force the alignment, and if I can't do that, I can't publish.

Thanks
Emma (a total newb)

ETA: I have tried editing the HTML by opening my document in Notepad. I have also tried editing HTML by viewing the HTML in Word 2003. Using "BODY {text-align:left}" between the Style tags is not working for me.

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Re: Force Left Alignment Help
Posted: Jun 17, 2011 2:37 AM   in response to: 29emma in response to: 29emma
 
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First, to clarify terminology:

When you say "force left alignment" I'm going to assume you mean "no paragraph indents," rather than "no justification," since you are complaining about indents.

The CSS property text-align adjusts justification. That's why it didn't work for you.

The easiest way to remove paragraph indents is to edit the "Normal" paragraph style in your Word document. From the main menu, select Format -> Styles and Formatting. This should open up a list of styles. Right-click on the Normal paragraph style, and select Modify. This will bring up the Modify Style window. In that window, click Format, and choose to modify the Paragraph format. That will bring up the Paragraph style window. In the Indentation section, set the First Line indent (it may say Special) to (none). Now click OK on every window to get back to your document.

If that didn't get rid of indents, that means your paragraphs weren't using the Normal paragraph style. The easiest way to fix that is still a bit painful: you have to reformat your entire document. Doing that involves either selecting everything and hitting the "remove formatting" button on the toolbar, or select all & copy from word, paste into Notepad, select all & copy from Notepad and paste into Word. Doing that will mean you have to redo any headings, italics and any other styling you had in the text, so it's a last resort.

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Re: Force Left Alignment Help
Posted: Jun 17, 2011 9:21 AM   in response to: 29emma in response to: 29emma
 
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Between your style tags in your HTML head section, try putting

p {
text-indent:0;
}

This will cause every paragraph defined by p tags to default to no indent, assuming there is no other styling.

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Re: Force Left Alignment Help
Posted: Jun 18, 2011 11:06 PM   in response to: badken in response to: badken
 
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@badken,

Thank you for taking the time to respond to me. I was able to follow your instructions exactly and save a Test copy which came out correctly in Kindle Previewer. Also, your assumption was correct, I meant No Paragraph Indents.

I also appreciated the fact you gave me a secondary solution in case your first answer didn't work out: to reformat it all. Even if it took time, I wouldn't be stuck.

Good luck with your books!

Emma (still a newb!)
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Re: Force Left Alignment Help
Posted: Jun 18, 2011 11:09 PM   in response to: ebookbarb7 in response to: ebookbarb7
 
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@ebookbarb7

I also tried this solution and it is greatly appreciated and very simple. The first thing I did after saving a copy in Webpage, Filtered format was open using Word 2003 and selecting View HTML, then making the insertion there. This failed.

Then I got the bright idea I should have used Notepad, so I tried that. It worked brilliantly.

Thank you very much for taking the time to respond!

Emma (a learning newb)
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