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Center a page with Word's Vertical Settings

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Aligning text is a simple enough task. You just select the text and click the appropriate option: Align Text Left, Center, Align Text Right, or Justify. You might not realize that Word can align text vertically as well. It’s not a feature most of us would use every day. Perhaps you’re creating a brochure or sign or you want to insert just a table on a page by itself. You might use blank lines to position the text or table because you don’t know any other way.

To center a page in Word 2003, do the following:

  1. From anywhere on the page, choose Page Setup from the File menu.
  2. Click the Layout tab.
  3. In the Page section, click the Vertical Alignment dropdown and choose Center.


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Susan Sales Harkins is an IT consultant, specializing in desktop solutions. Previously, she was editor in chief for The Cobb Group, the world's largest publisher of technical journals.

13 comments
KWRX
KWRX

I've searched this website and Microsoft's website extensively to no avail. I've returned to listing Explorer--latest version--as my default browser. . . . to no avail. I really need the vertical align to work for a priority project. Sigh Any help would be appreciated.

stapleb
stapleb

Thanks again Susan - I feel I have to keep thanking you for your tips, just to make you feel better after all the "vitriol" - and yes, a wonderful word. All I wanted to say is that I do not use this feature very often because, although intellectually I know it is centred (I printed a page when I first worked with it and folded it in half to find out), due to the human eye, to me it always looks too far down the page.

jacksonx112
jacksonx112

See button lower left. Hidden in plain sight. Thanks!

elongp
elongp

Please go back to one long page with text and graphics instead of a slide show. Good tips, just more difficult to read when split up.

Regulus
Regulus

Ok, Guys & Gals, WHERE is the printable version?? How many thousand times are we going to have to ask for this? Please get with it !!

rhagberg
rhagberg

I only wish Ihad known about this years ago.

lockhaca
lockhaca

Choose the Page Layout tab, click the arrow on the corner of the group. Once the page setup dialog box is open the steps are the same as Word 2003. I use the feature all the time for creating covers for reports and manuals.

nohanepal
nohanepal

This is great information. However, it would have been most helpful to offer the choice of downloading it as a PDF rather than leaving it in the current on-screen formatting. What do you think?

billfranke
billfranke

I just printed this article as a PDF with the DoPDF printer driver. The driver is free and it works exceptionally well. All that was printed was the column with the article, not the two columns on the right. I thought that most of the folks who read this blog were IT pros and would know how to create their own PDF files of HTML pages on the Web. You can also go to this URL: http://lab.arc90.com/experiments/readability/ to drag the Readability icon to your browser's bookmark toolbar. This will replace the HTML you see with only the article -- and in this case, the image is included, of course -- and then you can use DoPDF (or PrimoPDF or any other free PDF printer driver) to create your own PDF.

ian
ian

"I thought that most of the folks who read this blog were IT Pros and would know how to create their own PDF files of HTML pages on the Web." A lot of readers are either here to learn from IT Pros or to share the knowledge they already have. That's what makes it such a great resource.

al
al

I actually had to lookup "vitriol". This one has been added to my vocabulary for sure. Even as a long time IT "Pro", I find that there are way too many areas for any of us to know all of the tricks. Keep the articles coming. Old school tricks such as "cut and paste" work just fine!

nbsc
nbsc

I think that is a very apt description of many readers of this blog. I know that I myself am non-IT, & I do read it for exactly those reasons. What does detract from it though, is the vitriol that often accompanies many of the posts, particularly regarding the likes & dislikes of various posters. jmk-nbsc

melodyjamowa
melodyjamowa

Absolutely, downloading this great tip as a PDF would be very useful. Then I could share it via email with co-workers and friends.