How to Horizontally Center Content in Microsoft Word for Office 365

When you type new text into a document in Microsoft Word, that content will start at the left side of the page. This is called left alignment, and it’s the default setting for the application.

But you may be creating a document that needs to be center-aligned, where the first character appears at the center of the page, then expands towards the margins as you continue to type. Our guide below will show you how to select the content that you wish to center-align and apply that setting to it.

How to Apply Center Alignment to Existing Content in Microsoft Word

The steps in this article were performed in the Microsoft Word for Office 365 version of the application. This guide assumes that you have content in your document that you wish to center align. If you are working with a blank document, you can skip the part below about selecting the content first.

Step 1: Open your document in Microsoft Word.

Step 2: Select the text in the document that you wish to center-align. If you wish to select the entire document, click somewhere inside the document then press Ctrl + A on your keyboard.

select the text to center align

Step 3: Click the Home tab at the top of the window.

click the Home tab at the top of the window

Step 4: Click the Center button in the Paragraph section of the ribbon.

how to center align text in Microsoft Word

Your content should then look something like the image below.

example of centered text in Microsoft Word

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