# Cancelling `\ragged` commands

LaTeX provides commands `\raggedright` and `\raggedleft`, but none to cancel their effect. The `\centering` command is implemented in the same way as the `\ragged*` commands, and suffers in the same way.

The following code (to be inserted in a package of your own, or as internal LaTeX code) defines a command that restores flush justification at both margins: <!– {% raw %} –

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snippet.latex
```\def\flushboth{%
\let\\\@normalcr
\@rightskip\z@skip \rightskip\@rightskip
\leftskip\z@skip
\parindent 1.5em\relax}```

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here's a problem with the setting of `\parindent` in the code: it's necessary because both the `\ragged` commands set `\parindent` to zero, but the setting isn't a constant of nature: documents using a standard LaTeX class with `twocolumn` option will have `1.0em` by default, and there's no knowing what you (or some other class) will have done.

Any but a really old copy of Martin Schröder's ragged2e package has a `\justifying` command to match its versions of the LaTeX "ragged" commands. The package also provides a `justify` environment, which permits areas of justified text in a larger area which is ragged.