## LaTeX align right or left

Posted: 24th April 2011 by Tim in LaTeX
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Occasionally you may want to have text right-aligned in a LaTeX document. Other times you may want a block of left-aligned text next to a block of right-aligned text. LaTeX provides this functionality with the `\hfill` keyword.

`\hfill` is a horizontal fill keyword. It tells LaTeX that you want to expand the space between the text on the right (if any) and the text on the left (if any) to the maximum width. In other words, if it’s the first thing on the line then that line will be right justified, otherwise the preceding text will be left justified and any text afterwards will be right-justified. Let’s see an example.

`\hfill All of this text`

`\hfill is right justified`

`\hfill but we need a blank line`

`\hfill between each line`

Will produce:

 All of this text is right justified but we need a blank line between each line

```Left block \hfill Right block\\ This is still on the left \hfill This is still on the right```

Will produce:

Left block
This is still on the left
Right block
This is still on the right
1. Yogesh says:

thanks!

2. Aravind says:

Thanks a lot Tim!

3. abhishek kumar says:

Thanks,
I was searching for this from last half an hour.

4. Kershen says:

Thanks! Helped on my conference discussion slides!

5. nils says:

thanks

6. Magg says:

Thanks!

7. shinta says:

Thanks!

8. Nalaka says:

You saved my day buddy.. Thanks a lot

9. Mateusz says:

10. How to do for multiple lines with a single \hfill?

11. nico says:

Don’t use \hfill for alignment, \flushleft and \flushright are used for that.

12. C says:

Thank you so much! It’s a great tip!

13. JB says:

thanks!