This answer says that left vs right alignment should be based on the data type in the column. For example, left align text and right align numbers.

I have heard that you should right align your last column though, even if it is a data type like text that is typically left aligned. Is this true?

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    Is it because right alignment of the last column is aesthetically pleasing? Because that’s ridiculous. Alignment should only be based on data type. Unless it is not meant to be functional.
    – jazZRo
    Commented Feb 11 at 9:46

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Not necessarily. Always right align things that needs comparison in terms of length. For example, numbers/price/rate which needs visual comparision of number of digits.

For texts, prefer left alignment.


In my opinion - the alignment depends on 2 things:

  1. the type of data you want to show. Be careful, not all numbers need to be right-aligned.
  2. the language used in your tables. For left-aligned languages (like English) use left alignment, for right-aligned languages (like Arabic) use right alignment.

So, the last column can be left aligned and it's ok

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