Last updated: December 12, 2016
Microsoft Word 2013 has a lot of formatting options, although some of the less commonly used ones can be difficult to locate. One of the settings that can be difficult to find is the selector for vertical alignment. But this is an option that is adjustable, which means that you are able to vertically center text in Word 2013.
When you are adjusting your document’s vertical alignment, you will have the option to set it as Top, Center, Justified or Bottom. For the purposes of this tutorial we will be selecting the Center option, but you can experiment with each of the different options if you are not sure which one is best for your situation.
Vertically Center Text in Word 2013
The default vertical-alignment setting in Microsoft Word 2013 is “Top.” This means that if you create a new document and enter one line of text, it will appear at the top of the page. The steps below will change that setting so that the single line of text would appear at the center of the page instead. This is ideal if you need to vertically center a title in your Word document.
Our steps below will give you a document where every page is centered vertically. This is because we will be selecting the Whole Document option when applying our vertical alignment. However, you can also choose the option to apply your vertical alignment From this point forward, which will cause everything after your current location to be centered vertically instead.
Step 1: Open your document in Word 2013.
Step 2: Click the Page Layout tab at the top of the window.
Step 3: Click the Page Setup button at the bottom-right corner of the Page Setup section of the navigational ribbon.
Step 4: Click the Layout tab at the top of the window.
Step 5: Click the drop-down menu to the right of Vertical alignment, then select the Center option.
Step 6: Confirm that Whole document is selected in the drop-down menu to the right of Apply to, then click the OK button.
Summary – how to vertically center text in Word
- Click the Page Layout tab.
- Click the Page Setup button.
- Click the Layout tab on the Page Setup window.
- Click the Vertical alignment drop-down menu, then click the Center option.
- Click the Apply to drop-down menu, then click the Whole document option.
- Click the OK button.
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