How to Center Text in Google Docs [Vertical Align]

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Today, we are going to learn how to center text in Google Docs. Now, it a pretty simple to center-align text in Docs, Sheets, Slides, and many similar applications. We have buttons in the alignment section where we have right, center, left, and justified (typically). Then why do we need to learn how to center text in Google Docs, when it’s simple and only a matter of a few clicks? Well, right, center text in Google Docs is pretty easy, you can select the text go to alignment and click on center, and you’re done.

But what if you need to center your text in the middle of the page, now you need a tool that is not available in Google docs understandably because we don’t have any vertical indent in docs, unlike in sheets. In Sheets, we have center vertically, and center horizontally both options are available. But, to center, a text in the middle of the page requires the text to be centered from both axes, horizontal and vertical. So, this is a little tricker than a normal center text in Google Docs. So, let’s find out some ways to center-align text in Google Docs.

Importance of centering Text in Google Docs

Sometimes, we want to write text with a big font size over the page and we want it to be centered perfectly but, what we do we use spaces to make this text to the middle of the page from the top. But this is not a legit way of center aligning your text in Docs. We will see methods and proper techniques to do this easily, within a few clicks, and even without using any external source, or an internet connection. There can be various meanings of center aligning a text in Google docs. Maybe someone wants to center their text normally in a line, and a few may want to center their text in the middle of the page (most probably to make public guidelines posters such as no smoking, no phone, no parking, etc.).

Well, we use some objects in Google Docs, like tables, images, borders, frames, etc., and center-aligning a text within these objects can also be a way to center-align a text in Google Docs. So, without further complications, I believe I have made sure that you must go to learn how to center text in Google Docs. So, let’s start learning.

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How to Center Text in Google Docs

We will learn all the methods and techniques with step-by-step procedures and screenshots below. We are learning how to center text in Google Docs, and I will emphasize all the topics related to this one. So, let’s start with the most basic and easy way to center text in Google Docs.

Center Text in Google Docs – Align button in the Toolbar

In this section, we will learn how to center text in Google Docs using align dropdown and picking up the center option. Now, this is the most obvious way to center text in Google docs. But, for beginners, and very new people to Google docs I am covering from start to end.

Step 1

Select the text you want to center

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Step 2

Go to the Align section in the toolbar, and click Center align

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You have Right, Left, and Justified as well

Step 3

Your selected text is now center-aligned

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Well, this is very easy, and everyone knows this method. Let’s see how to use this method with a keyboard shortcut

Center Text in Google Docs – Keyboard Shortcut

In this section, we will learn how to center text in Google Docs using a keyboard shortcut. We all love keyboard shortcut, and shortcuts are designed in a way that they can be remembered quickly and not forgettable for a long time, well normally the keyboard shortcut most probably include the first letter of the feature name such as Copy = Ctrl + c, Print = Ctrl + p, save = Ctrl + s, but this is not the case every time, because C is already reserved for Copy, now for the center, we cannot use Ctrl + C.

Step 1

Select the text you want to center align

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Step 2

Press the shortcut key

Ctrl + Shift + E

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and your text is center aligned.

This is also one of the easiest and simplest ways to center-align text in Google Docs. Now let’s see an advanced way to center align a text on the page means vertically and horizontally.

Center Text in Google Docs – Center text on a Page

In this section, we will learn how to center text in Google Docs on a page, now for center-aligning the text we all know that we need two types of alignment, one is from left to right, and the second is from top to bottom. Setting these two as center and middle respectively will give us text on the exact center of the page. But unfortunately, there is no vertical-align button or feature in Google Docs, unlike Google Sheets. So, how will we do that? Let’s explore

Step 1

First, you need to add a table, click on the Insert, and then go to Table, and after that select, a 1×1 table

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Step 2

Here is your table, now write your text inside the table in the default alignment

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Step 3

Now, right-click on the table border, and from the context menu, click on Table Properties

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Step 4

In the Table properties sidebar, expand the row dropdown, check the Maximum row height, and then pass a value of 6

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Note: If you’re using a Letter (8.5 in x 11 in) paper size, the actual minimum row height is typically 6 inches.

Step 5

Expand the below Alignment dropdown and in the first Cell vertical alignment drop-down select Middle

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Step 6

Now you can close the table sidebar

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Step 7

Select all the text inside the table and center align it horizontally as we saw in the first and second methods.

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Step 8

Now select the table and go to the toolbar, look for the border width drop-down and select the width as 0 pt.

It will hide the border because 0 point means nothing

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OR

You can select the table, go to the border color option in the toolbar, and then select a white (the same color as your page) color for it
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It will not be removed but it will become transparent and not visible

Step 9

Now, you can see how equally you have centered your text on the page without any tedious work. So, this is something advanced that you need to learn, and it will help you a lot in your day-to-day tasks to center and align your text on the page.

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I hope you find this method of center text in Google Docs.

Workarounds to center text in Google Docs

If can adjust your text and align them not by direct button, but using custom approaches to align the text, and also you want to align the text vertically in Google Docs, which is not possible by any direct feature. you also use custom spacing and tabs features in Google Docs, but they are very limited. To align a single word or a couple of sentences, you can just place the cursor on the right position of the target text (before the first word of the sentence/line) and click on the tab button until you reach the center of the screen. This is a custom method to align your text in Google Docs.

You can take complete control over the position of text at the center of the page, you may try the table method or the spacing option.

Important Notes

  • Google Docs to date does not offer any vertical alignment feature for text.
  • To center align your text in the middle of the page in Google Docs, you need some workaround, you cannot do it directly.
  • To calculate the minimum row height, you can do anything, but I will suggest you subtract the top and bottom margins from the height of the page.
  • When looking for the border width option in the toolbar, you must have selected the table not the text, this option will not be available if you have not selected the table or a border of that table.
  • You can remove the border from the table by changing the border width to 0pt.
  • You can also hide the table or border by selecting a white color for the table border
  • To write more content within the table, you can use the same way, this method will also work if you have more words or sentences.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How to center text in Google Docs vertically?

Unfortunately, there is no legit native method to center text in Google docs vertically or on the y-axis direction. But we have some workarounds to center text in Google Docs vertically, you can use a workaround which is called the virtual table concept, as we learned in this article in the third and last section. We create a 1×1 table and write our text inside, then we go to table properties and set some margins, and use height width options to make an optimal setting for a vertically centered text, but it’s inside of the table. Yes, we can then set the white color for the table border, or 0 pt. for the table border width. We can make so many 1×1 tables and can make a complete document on a single page.

Conclusion

So, this was all about how to center text in Google Docs. I have tried to convey the entire information about all the methods to center text in Google Docs. We first saw a simple and most commonly used method to center text in Google Docs, then we saw a keyboard shortcut, and then we learned how to center the text on a page horizontally and vertically. So, I hope you find this article helpful and that you have learned how to center text in Google Docs.

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