Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Centering Information in Table Cells.

Centering Information in Table Cells

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated January 17, 2015)


Tables are a powerful formatting tool used in many Word documents. Often it is necessary to center information within the cells of a table. There are two ways to center information: horizontally and vertically.

Horizontal centering is quite simple. All you need to do is position the insertion point somewhere within the text and then click on the Center button on the Home tab of the ribbon or press Ctrl+E. Centering text vertically is almost as easy:

  1. Position the insertion point within the cell you want to vertically center.
  2. Display the Layout tab of the ribbon. (This tab is visible only after doing step 1.)
  3. In the Alignment group, click one of the three vertical centering tools. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. The vertical centering tools.

You should note that vertical centering will not give the desired results if you have the paragraph formatting for the text set to anything except single spacing, with no space before or after the paragraph. This extra spacing before or after affects the centering in the same way that paragraph indents affect horizontal spacing.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (13357) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Centering Information in Table Cells.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...


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2016-12-13 04:01:05


I have a table that is linked to an excel file. Whenever I try to update links, the vertical alignment peroperty of the table is lost. Is there any workarounds for that??

Thanks in advance

2016-09-19 01:00:08


Dear Sir,

I was searching for how to align the text inside a cell of a table and I got it cleared from your article.
You saved my day and I was thinking of it for a long time but did not search in the web.
I appreciate your help.
Thank you very much!

Kumar R

2016-06-26 11:21:54


Need to centre text in all selected cells. Options are not available when more than one cell is selected....

2016-05-30 01:36:12



2016-03-07 15:39:20


Thanks. It was very helpful. I was looking for this for a long time....

2015-06-18 22:00:04


thanks, this works to CENTRE as needed 'aha a nice dayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

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