I really want to use the following overleaf template: https://www.overleaf.com/latex/examples/sample-apa-paper/wbzdqpgxszqs#.WRby39zfPIV (Sample APA paper) But unfortunately, the text is left rigged and I want it to be justified. I assumed that justified text is latex's default, so I concluded that in this template leftrigged must be on but I cannot find it. Does someone know a solution?

  • Welcome, that isn't a template, it is an example by someone. Even if it would be a template, there would be no warranty for it to work or beeing correct. – Johannes_B May 13 '17 at 11:55
  • You want to write a document according to the rules of the american psychological association? – Johannes_B May 13 '17 at 11:56
  • oh I'm sorry, it said template on the link, so I just took that expression. – Maria May 13 '17 at 11:57
  • @Johannes_B yes, exactly and I like the exact layout of the example, so I would want to use it but I need a justified layout – Maria May 13 '17 at 11:58
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    Check the rules, APA defines a ragged text. You can try package ragged2e and the command \justifying to get an almost APA document. – Johannes_B May 13 '17 at 12:06

APA guidelines require ragged papers. If you want your text to be justified, you will not get a document complying to APA rules, but a close hit.

Add to your document preamble:


Add \usepackage{ragged2e} to the preamble and use \justify{ text } wherever you want to justify the text.

  • Welcome to TeX.SX! This answer is probably problematic for whole documents (not for pieces of text). Maybe you could add a general explanation. – TeXnician Jun 16 '17 at 4:24
  • justify is an environment, not a command. – Johannes_B Jul 16 '17 at 6:11
  • @Johannes_B This somehow worked for me, while your answer did not do anything. – Wolpertinger Oct 12 '20 at 8:09

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