In Excel XP alignment is important to be able to easily read data. Learn to format text and tables in various ways in Excel.
You've probably noticed by now that Excel XP left-aligns text (labels) and right-aligns numbers (values). This makes data easier to read.
You do not have to leave the defaults. Text and numbers can be defined as left-aligned, right-aligned, or centered in Excel XP. The picture below shows the difference between these alignment types when they're applied to labels.
Text and numbers may be aligned using the left-align, center, and right-align buttons on the Formatting toolbar: