# Making colorbox left align

I am using same template for resume as was written about here, Latex - width of the colorbox. I am trying to align the words in the black boxes to the left. They seem to be aligned to right as default. How can I accomplish this?

%%% ------------------------------------------------------------
\documentclass[paper=a4,fontsize=11pt]{scrartcl}                % KOMA-article class
\usepackage{amsmath,amsfonts,amsthm}                    % Math packages
\usepackage[pdftex]{graphicx}                               % Enable pdflatex
\usepackage[svgnames]{xcolor}                           % Colors by their 'svgnames'
\usepackage{geometry}
\textheight=700px                                   % Saving trees ;-)
\usepackage{url}                                        % Clickable URL's
\usepackage{wrapfig}                                    % Wrap text along figures

\frenchspacing                                  % Better looking spacings after periods
\usepackage{sectsty}                            % Custom sectioning (see below)

\sectionfont{%                                  % Change font of \section command
\usefont{OT1}{phv}{b}{n}%                   % bch-b-n: CharterBT-Bold font
\sectionrule{0pt}{0pt}{-5pt}{3pt}
}

%%% Macros
%%% ------------------------------------------------------------
\newlength{\spacebox}
\settowidth{\spacebox}{8888888888}              % Box to align text
\newcommand{\sepspace}{\vspace*{1em}}           % Vertical space macro

\newcommand{\MyName}[1]{
\Huge \usefont{OT1}{phv}{b}{n} \hfill #1        % Name
\par \normalsize \normalfont}

\newcommand{\MySlogan}[1]{
\large \usefont{OT1}{phv}{m}{n}\hfill \textit{#1} % Slogan (optional)
\par \normalsize \normalfont}

\newcommand{\NewPart}[1]{\section*{\uppercase{#1}}}

\newcommand{\PersonalEntry}[2]{
\noindent\hangindent=2em\hangafter=0        % Indentation
\parbox{\spacebox}{                     % Box to align text
\textit{#1}}                                % Entry name (birth, address, etc.)
\hspace{1.5em} #2 \par}                 % Entry value

\newcommand{\SkillsEntry}[2]{                       % Same as \PersonalEntry
\noindent\hangindent=2em\hangafter=0        % Indentation
\parbox{\spacebox}{                     % Box to align text
\textit{#1}}                                % Entry name (birth, address, etc.)
\hspace{1.5em} #2 \par}                 % Entry value

\newcommand{\EducationEntry}[4]{
\noindent \textbf{#1} \hfill                    % Study
\colorbox{Black}{%
\parbox{6em}{%
\hfill\color{White}#2}} \par                % Duration
\noindent \textit{#3} \par                  % School
\noindent\hangindent=2em\hangafter=0 \small #4  % Description
\normalsize \par}

\newcommand{\WorkEntry}[4]{                     % Same as \EducationEntry
\noindent \textbf{#1} \hfill                    % Jobname
\colorbox{Black}{\color{White}#2} \par      % Duration
\noindent \textit{#3} \par                  % Company
\noindent\hangindent=2em\hangafter=0 \small #4  % Description
\normalsize \par}

%%% ------------------------------------------------------------
%%% BEGIN DOCUMENT
%%% ------------------------------------------------------------
\begin{document}
\begin{wrapfigure}{l}{0.5\textwidth}
\vspace*{-2em}
\includegraphics[width=0.15\textwidth]{photo}
\end{wrapfigure}

\MySlogan{Curriculum Vitae}

\sepspace

%%% Personal details
%%% ------------------------------------------------------------
\NewPart{Personal details}{}

\PersonalEntry{Birth}{January 1, 1980}
\PersonalEntry{Phone}{(123) 000-0000}
\PersonalEntry{Mail}{\url{me@home.com}}

%%% Education
%%% ------------------------------------------------------------
\NewPart{Education}{}

\EducationEntry{MSc. Name of Education}{2010-2012}{Name of
University}{Descriptive text goes here. In order to maintain a stylish look, try to fill this description with a few lines of text. Do the same for the other entries in the education section.}
\sepspace

\EducationEntry{BSc. Name of Education}{2007-2010}{Name of University}{Descriptive text goes here. In order to maintain a stylish look, try to fill this description with a few lines of text. Do the same for the other entries in the education section.}

%%% Work experience
%%% ------------------------------------------------------------
\NewPart{Work experience}{}

\EducationEntry{Job name}{2011-present}{Company Name inc., Full-time}{Job description goes here. To maintain a stylish look, try to fill this description with a few lines of text. Do the same for the other entries in this section.}
\sepspace

\EducationEntry{Job name}{2010-2011}{Company Name inc., Part-time}{Job description goes here. To maintain a stylish look, try to fill this description with a few lines of text. Do the same for the other entries in this section.}

%%% Skills
%%% ------------------------------------------------------------
\NewPart{Skills}{}

\SkillsEntry{Languages}{Dutch (mother tongue)}
\SkillsEntry{}{English (fluent)}
\SkillsEntry{}{German (fluent)}

\SkillsEntry{Software}{\textsc{Matlab}, \LaTeX, \textsc{Ansys}, \textsc{Comsol}}

%%% References
%%% ------------------------------------------------------------
\NewPart{References}{}
Available upon request
\end{document}


I believe the crux of it is in the \colorbox, but I tried adding \left, but it does not work. I am not seeing any examples of changing alignment either. I look forward to any help!

\newcommand{\EducationEntry}[4]{
\noindent \textbf{#1} \hfill                    % Study
\colorbox{Black}{%
\parbox{6em}{%
\hfill\color{White}#2}} \par                % Duration
\noindent \textit{#3} \par                  % School
\noindent\hangindent=2em\hangafter=0 \small #4  % Description
\normalsize \par}


EDIT: Below is a MWE incorporating the suggestion by David Carlisle. I am trying to left-align the white text in the black box. Whether I use \raggedleft or \raggedright, when I compile, the word Software appears on the right-aligned side of the box:

%%% ------------------------------------------------------------
\documentclass[paper=a4,fontsize=11pt]{scrartcl}                % KOMA-article class
\usepackage{amsmath,amsfonts,amsthm}                    % Math packages
\usepackage[pdftex]{graphicx}                               % Enable pdflatex
\usepackage[svgnames]{xcolor}                           % Colors by their 'svgnames'
\usepackage{geometry}
\textheight=700px                                   % Saving trees ;-)
\usepackage{url}                                        % Clickable URL's
\usepackage{wrapfig}                                    % Wrap text along figures

\frenchspacing                                  % Better looking spacings after periods
\usepackage{sectsty}                            % Custom sectioning (see below)

\begin{document}

PUBLICATIONS

\noindent \colorbox{Black}{%
\parbox{6em}{\raggedleft
\hfill\color{White} Software}}

\end{document}


EDIT 2:

I am noticing that this convenient line does align the text in the direction as indicated! However, for some reason, the width of the text box does not seem consistent. Below is a MWE showing this:

%%% ------------------------------------------------------------
\documentclass[paper=a4,fontsize=11pt]{scrartcl}                % KOMA-article class
\usepackage{amsmath,amsfonts,amsthm}                    % Math packages
\usepackage[pdftex]{graphicx}                               % Enable pdflatex
\usepackage[svgnames]{xcolor}                           % Colors by their 'svgnames'
\usepackage{geometry}
\textheight=700px                                   % Saving trees ;-)
\usepackage{url}                                        % Clickable URL's
\usepackage{wrapfig}                                    % Wrap text along figures

\frenchspacing                                  % Better looking spacings after periods
\usepackage{sectsty}                            % Custom sectioning (see below)

\begin{document}

PUBLICATIONS

\noindent \colorbox{black}{\makebox[10em][l]{\textcolor{white}{\normalsize Software}}}
\vspace{1mm}

\noindent \small{\textbf{First software here}

\noindent \colorbox{black}{\makebox[10em][l]{\textcolor{white}{\normalsize Articles}}}
\vspace{1mm}

\noindent \small{\textbf{First article here}

\noindent \small{\textbf{Second article here}

\noindent \small{Third article here}

\noindent \colorbox{black}{\makebox[10em][l]{\textcolor{white}{\normalsize Book chapters}}}
\vspace{1mm}

\noindent \small{First book chapter here}

\end{document}

• @you should remove the \hfill and then \raggedleft makes everything flush to the right margin of the box or \raggedright makes everything flush to the left edge. or if it is just a single line you don't need a \parbox at all (which is for paragraphs) \colorbox{black}{\makebox[6em][l]{\textcolor{white}{Software}}} and then use [l], [c] or [r] depending what alignment you want. – David Carlisle Feb 9 '16 at 14:44
• @DavidCarlisle Thank you! That does seem to work! But I do find it strange that the width of the box can change when I use the same [6em]. I am sorry to ask another question: I added a second Edit with a MWE where I am using your line mentioned above (Which is very convenient) three times, but the output gives three boxes of different widths. By the way, I can reopen in another thread, if that is recommended. – Green Stone Feb 9 '16 at 15:07
• please do not keep editing the question with partial solutions, it makes the existing answers not understandable. Your use of \small is wrong, it does not take an argument so as used above the first \small makes the entire document small and changes the size of 1em for the rest of the document. – David Carlisle Feb 9 '16 at 15:43
• Ideally in a document you should have no space/indentation controls, no font changes and no font size changes and in one small space you have all three: \noindent \small{\textbf{ even if you fixed that to \noindent {\small\textbf{ it would be really horrible markup. The idea of latex is you use something like \section{Software}\begin{description}\item.... and all the fonts and spacing and colour are specified elsewhere. – David Carlisle Feb 9 '16 at 15:47

to right align text in a \parbox use
  \parbox{6em}{\raggedleft