Microsoft Word is equipped with a tool that allows users to align text vertically and horizontally, giving you complete freedom to determine the position of text in a Word document. Here’s how it all works.

Align text horizontally in Word

Horizontal alignment, also known as centered alignment, places text evenly between the margins on both sides of the page. This tool also allows you to be selective with horizontally aligned text, giving you more control over what you can do with your document.

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To align text horizontally on the page, select the text you want to center. Then click the Center Alignment icon in the Paragraph group on the Home tab. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + E.

Center text in Word

Your text will now be aligned horizontally. If the text is not yet printed, you can also choose the center alignment option before entering text. It all depends on you.

Align text vertically in Word

As you might have guessed by now, vertical alignment places text evenly between the top and bottom margins of the page. You won’t notice a difference in text alignment if you use it on a page that’s already full of text.

To see the real differences, try turning on horizontal text before typing into your document.

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To align text vertically on a page, go to the Layout tab and select the small icon in the bottom right corner of the Page Setup group.

Icon to open the dialog box

The Page Setup dialog box opens. Select the Layout tab, and then click the arrow next to Vertical Alignment in the Page section. A selection of vertical alignment options will appear. Click «Center» (or choose another option that better suits your needs).

Vertical centering

Your text will now reflect the selected vertical alignment option.

What if you only want to align certain text in a document vertically? There is also an easy way to do this.

First, select the text you want to align vertically. Once selected, return to the Layout tab of the Page Setup dialog box. Then select the type of vertical alignment you want, open the drop-down menu next to Apply To, select Selected Text, and then click the OK button.

apply to text only

The selected text will now reflect the selected vertical alignment option.

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