While the formatting requirements for different schools and organizations can vary, there are certain settings that are somewhat common. For example, it’s very common to have to double space documents so that readers can add notes between the lines. Another formatting requirement that you might encounter involves centering your document title on a title page, but figuring out how to vertically center text in Word 2013 can be a little tricky.
Fortunately it is a formatting requirement that you can accomplish through the Page Setup menu. Our guide below will point you to that setting and show you how to vertically align your text at the center of the page.
Vertically Center Text in Word
The steps in this guide are going to show you the setting to change in Microsoft Word 2013 so that the text in your document becomes vertically aligned to the center of the page. This is most commonly used when you need to vertically center a title, but is applicable to other situations as well.
Step 1: Open your document in Word 2013.
Step 2: Select the text that you want to center.
Step 3: Click the Page Layout tab at the top of the window.
Step 4: Click the Page Setup button at the bottom-right corner of the Page Setup section in the ribbon. The button is very small, and looks like a diagonal arrow inside a square.
Step 5: Click the Layout tab at the top of the window.
Step 6: Click the Vertical alignment dropdown menu, then select the Center option.
Step 6: Click the Apply to dropdown menu and click the Selected text option. If you would prefer to vertically center the text in the entire document, then click the Whole document option instead. Once you are finished, click the OK button.
Do you need to add vertical text to your document, like you do in Microsoft Excel, but are unable to figure out how to do it in Word? Find out more about writing vertically in Word to see how you can accomplish this.
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