How to Vertically Center Text in Word 2013

If you have been formatting the content in a document that you are creating for work or school then you may have needed to change some of the alignment.

If so, then you most likely found the Left, Center, and Right Alignment options in the Paragraph group on the Home tab.

But you probably noticed that there weren’t the corresponding alignment or centering options that affected the vertical layout of the document.

You can use center vertical alignment in a Microsoft Word document by going to Page Layout > Page Setup > selecting the Layout tab > then choosing Center on the Vertical Alignment dropdown menu.

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 Microsoft 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.

How to Vertically Align Text in Word 2013

  1. Click the Page Layout tab.
  2. Click the Page Setup button.
  3. Click the Layout tab on the Page Setup window.
  4. Click the Vertical alignment drop-down menu, then click the Center option.
  5. Click the Apply to drop-down menu, then click the Whole document option.
  6. Click the OK button.

Our guide continues below with additional information on vertically centering text in a Word document, including pictures of these steps.

How to Center Text in the Middle of the Page in Word 2013 (Guide with Pictures)

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 guide 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.

click the page layout tab

Step 3: Click the Page Setup button at the bottom-right corner of the Page Setup section of the navigational ribbon.

As shown in the image below, the Page Setup dialog launcher in the Page Setup group of the ribbon is quite small. It’s very easy to miss it.

click the page setup button

Step 4: Click the Layout tab at the top of the window.

click the layout tab

Step 5: Click the drop-down menu to the right of Vertical alignment, then select the Center option.

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.

apply to the whole document, then click OK

You can continue reading below for additional discussion about vertical centering in documents with Microsoft Word.

More Information on How to Vertically Align the Text in the Center of the Current Page

As we mentioned above, you have the option of choosing which part of your document you would like to center. If it’s everything that you have already written, then the “Whole document” option is probably what you want.

If you would like to center everything from the point where you currently are until the end of the document, then you can choose the “From this point forward” option.

But if you only want to center text on a single page, such as if you are centering text vertically on a title page, then you are going to want to place your cursor after the text on the title page, go to Page Layout > Breaks > then select the “Next Page” section break.

Now when you go back to the Page Setup dialog box menu and the Vertical alignment menu, you will be able to apply the centering formatting to “This section.” if you choose that after turning your title page into its own section then you only center that one page.

Taking advantage of sections when you are dealing with alignments that only affect one part or one page of your document is a great way to simplify tasks that can become difficult or annoying in Microsoft Word.

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