How to Vertically Align Text in Word

Change Word's default vertical alignment for special design effects

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When you want to line up your text with the top, middle, or bottom of the page, align the text vertically (up and down) 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.

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

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

  2. In the Page Setup group, select the Page Setup arrow in the lower-right corner.

  3. In the Page Setup dialog box, choose the Layout tab.

    Microsoft Word with the Page Setup dialog box displayed
  4. 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.

  5. Select OK.

    Microsoft Word document with vertically centered text
  6. Your text will now be aligned the way you selected.

For Word 2003

To vertically align text in Microsoft Word 2003:

  1. Select File.

    Microsoft Word 2003 menu showing Page Setup selection.
  2. Choose Page Setup.

  3. In the Page Setup dialog box, select Layout.

  4. Select the Vertical alignment dropdown arrow and choose either Top, Center, Justified, or Bottom.

  5. Select OK.

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).

  3. In the Page Setup group, select the Page Setup arrow in the lower-right corner.

  4. In the Page Setup dialog box, choose the Layout tab.

  5. In the Page section, select the Vertical alignment dropdown arrow and choose an alignment.

    Microsoft Word Page Setup window showing selective application of vertical alignment.
  6. In the Preview section, select the Apply to dropdown arrow and choose Selected text.

  7. Select OK to apply the alignment to the selected text.

  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).

  2. In the Page Setup group, select the Page Setup arrow in the lower-right corner.

  3. In the Page Setup dialog box, choose the Layout tab.

  4. In the Page section, select the Vertical alignment dropdown arrow and choose an alignment.

  5. In the Preview section, select the Apply to dropdown arrow and choose This point forward.

  6. Select OK to apply the alignment to the text.