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How to center a table in Microsoft Word

By default, Word automatically left justifies words and tables. However, you might want to change this layout out of preference, or it was dictated for an assignment. You can right align it or even center align it.

You can quickly change this, as you will see below.

Insert the table

  1. To do this, go to the ‘insert’ tab at the top of your screen.
  2. A diagram of a table will appear. Click it.
  • When you do this, several boxes/ squares will be displayed.
  • You can choose the number of rows and columns from the squares. If you want five rows and six columns, you will pick the 5th square vertically and the 6th square horizontally.
  • Alternatively, you can pick ‘insert table’ from the list after the squares.
  • This is a better option because it allows you to make other modifications to your table: the number of rows and columns for your table, a fixed column width, auto fit to window or content, and if you want to remember these adjustments for all other tables.
  • Once you have your table inserted, now you can center it.

Centering the table

  1. Right-click on the table. When you do this, a context menu will appear.
  • Choose ‘Table Properties’ from the context menu. A dialog box will be displayed.

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  • From the alignment heading, select ‘center.’

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  • Click OK.

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