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Is it possible to set Microsoft Word to display some text left-aligned and other text right-aligned on a single line? Here's an example of what I mean (vertical lines represent edges of page):

| Chickens, turkey, geese, pigeon and duck   30 |
| Cows                                      240 |
| Pigs and boar                              83 |
| Sheep                          Not applicable |

The full justify option won't work because I don't want anything in the middle of the lines. The table of contents option has the formatting I want, but only supports page numbers, which does me no good.

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No longer using Word, so don't remember correct wording there, but you can add positional tab, and set it later as aligned to right. Just put it where the right margin is placed to achieve what you want. You write then left-aligned text, tab, right-aligned text. – przemoc May 5 '11 at 23:59
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  1. Make sure you can see the ruler at the top of the page
  2. Click in the ruler to place a tab marker and then drag it over to the right hand side of your page.
  3. Now double click on the marker and change the alignment to right.
  4. Now when you press TAB while typing on that line, instead of just indenting your text a bit, you can type text aligned to the right of the page.
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Thank you. Worked like a charm, but got some getting used to. See here for more about how to use tab stops (like how to get rid of them). – user137617 Jun 1 '12 at 21:57
This also works on Google Docs/Drive. – jsve Feb 26 '14 at 16:06

The rules is way too complicated. Make a one row, two-column table. Set the borders on the table to NONE, make the left column aligned left, and the right column aligned right. The next line can just be a normal line outside the table.

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Please elucidate. – Roney Michael Apr 27 '13 at 5:10
This doesn't work if the length of the longest left-side thing and the length of the longest right-side thing exceed the width of the page. Editing question to make this more clear. – Pops Apr 29 '13 at 14:24

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