Vertical Alignment Choices

Did you know that you can set the vertical alignment for a MS Word document just the way you want it?

That is, you can tell Word whether to align the text at the top of the page, the bottom of the page, the center of the page or to justify the text on the page.

That could come in very handy if you’re trying to accommodate some weird spacing or if you’re simply looking for the “finished” look (for full pages to go from top to bottom margins). It could save you a bit of pain from the headache of extra spacing, margin adjustments and the endless work created when you’re trying to “move” text and leave white space.


Then let’s get to work!

To set the vertical alignment in older versions of Word, simply go to the File menu, Page Setup choice.

In Word 2007, you need to click on the down arrow in the Page Setup section under the Page Layout tab on the ribbon.

When the Page Setup window opens, go to the Layout tab.

Use the pull down menu to make your selection.

  • Top alignment is the default and it will align all text starting at the top margin.

  • Bottom alignment will align all text on the page with the bottom margin.

  • Center alignment will align all text around the center of the page.

  • Justify will take full pages and add extra space between lines to ensure that the text fills from the top margin to the bottom margin. Partial pages of text will still align to the top.

When you’ve made your decision, click OK.

Poof. Your pages are aligned as needed, with absolutely no pain!

~ April