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How to center text in a table in Microsoft Word

You can align text in Microsoft Word either to the left, right, or center. If you want to have a neatly organized table, it is advisable to pay attention to the alignment of the text that you type into the cells.

There are several ways to center the text in the rows and columns, as you will see.

You can align the text in the rows and columns at once or individually.

Aligning all the rows and columns simultaneously

  1. Insert the table (This is if you have not already and do not know how to)
  2. To do this, go to the ‘insert’ tab at the top of your screen.
  • 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 four rows and six columns, you will pick the 4th square vertically and the 6th square horizontally.
  • Start typing in the details of your table.
  • Once you are done, you can put the cursor at any corner of the table and drag it till it selects the entire table.
  • On your home tab on the ribbon, you can center align the text using the column directly below ‘review.’

Aligning each cell individually

  1. Place the cursor in the cell with the text that you want to center.
  • Go to the ‘layout’ tab on the ribbon.
  • It will display different ways you can align your cell: top right, bottom right, center right, top left, bottom left, center left, top center, bottom center, and middle center (which is our focus)
  • Select ‘middle center,’ and your cell will be center aligned.
  • The text in the selected cell will be center-aligned.

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