How to Vertically Align Text in Microsoft Word

Change Word's default vertical alignment for special design effects

When you want to line up your text with the top, middle, or bottom of the page, align the text vertically in Microsoft Word. This feature is helpful to create the correct alignment for a title page, or to add visual interest to any page or pages of a document. Here's how to do it.

Instructions in this article apply to Word for Office 365, Word 2019, 2016, 2013, 2010, 2007, and 2003.

How to Vertically Align Text in Word

When you want to position text in a section of a document relative to the top and bottom margins, use vertical alignment.

To reflect a change in vertical alignment, your page or pages must be only partially full of text.

For Microsoft Word 2019, 2016, 2013, 2010, and 2007

  1. Open the Word document in which you want to vertically align the text.

  2. Go to the Layout tab (or Page Layout, depending on your version of Word).

    Word with the Layout tab highlighted
  3. In the Page Setup group, select the Page Setup dialog launcher arrow in the lower-right corner.

    A Word document with the Page Setup menu button highlighted
  4. In the Page Setup dialog box, choose the Layout tab.

    The Page Setup window in Word with the Layout tab highlighted
  5. In the Page section, select the Vertical alignment dropdown arrow and choose either Top, Center, Justified, or Bottom.

    If you choose Justified, the text is spread out evenly from top to bottom.

    Page Setup window in Word with the alignment options highlighted
  6. Select OK.

    Page Setup window in Word with the OK button highlighted
  7. Your text will now be aligned the way you selected.

    Microsoft Word document with vertically centered text

For Word 2003

To vertically align text in Microsoft Word 2003:

  1. Select File.

    Word with the File menu highlighted
  2. Choose Page Setup.

    File Menu in Word with the Page Setup option highlighted
  3. In the Page Setup dialog box, select Layout.

    The Page Setup window in Word with the Layout tab highlighted
  4. Select the Vertical alignment dropdown arrow and choose either Top, Center, Justified, or Bottom.

    Page Setup window in Word with the alignment options highlighted
  5. Select OK.

    Page Setup window in Word with the OK button highlighted

Vertically Align Part of a Word Document

When you use the steps above, the default condition is to change the vertical alignment of the entire Microsoft Word document. If you want to change the alignment of only part of the document, select the text you want to vertically align.

Here's how to vertically align part of a document:

  1. Select the text you want to vertically align.

  2. Go to the Layout tab (or Page Layout, depending on your version of Word).

    Word with the Layout tab highlighted
  3. In the Page Setup group, select the Page Setup dialog launcher in the lower-right corner.

    A Word document with the Page Setup menu button highlighted
  4. In the Page Setup dialog box, choose the Layout tab.

    The Page Setup window in Word with the Layout tab highlighted
  5. In the Page section, select the Vertical alignment dropdown arrow and choose an alignment.

    Page Setup window in Word with the alignment options highlighted
  6. In the Preview section, select the Apply to dropdown arrow and choose Selected text.

    Page Layout window in Word with the Apply To menu highlighted
  7. Select OK to apply the alignment to the selected text.

    Page Setup window in Word with the OK button highlighted
  8. Any text before or after the selection retains the existing alignment choices.

If you don't select text prior to performing the alignment selection, the Selected text preference can only be applied from the cursor's current location to the end of the document.

To make this work, position your cursor and then:

  1. Go to the Layout tab (or Page Layout, depending on your version of Word).

    Word with the Layout tab highlighted
  2. In the Page Setup group, select the Page Setup arrow in the lower-right corner.

    A Word document with the Page Setup menu button highlighted
  3. In the Page Setup dialog box, choose the Layout tab.

    The Page Setup window in Word with the Layout tab highlighted
  4. In the Page section, select the Vertical alignment dropdown arrow and choose an alignment.

    Page Setup window in Word with the alignment options highlighted
  5. In the Preview section, select the Apply to dropdown arrow and choose This point forward.

    Page Layout window in Word with the Apply To menu highlighted
  6. Select OK to apply the alignment to the text.

    Page Setup window in Word with the OK button highlighted