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Changing the Vertical Alignment of Your Document
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• Justify
• Ruler
 
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While you can use the vertical ruler to center text vertically on the page, it is a bit time consuming and is not practical if you’re working on a multi-page document. If you want the vertical alignment of your document to be justified, it is virtually impossible to do manually. Word does allow you to make changes to your document’s vertical alignment, but again, hides the controls in a dialog box. Fortunately, however, the vertical alignment controls are in the place one would expect: the Page Setup dialog box. From the Layout tab, you can align your text to the top of the page (default), the center, the bottom, or justify it vertically on the page.

Here’s how:

On the File menu select Page Setup…



In the Page Setup dialog box click on the Layout tab

In the Page section click on the drop-down box beside the Vertical alignment: label



Once you have made your selection, click OK

By default the changes will be made to the entire document. In you want to make the changes only to a portion of the document, you can; however, you can’t mix the alignment on a single page.


Making changes to a specific portion of your document

Highlight the selection you wish to change and follow the steps for changing the vertical alignment. Before you click OK, select Selected text from the drop-down box beside Apply to: in the Preview section of the dialog box.



Click OK. Text after the selection will retain the alignment characteristics of the rest of the document.


Applying changes from one point forward

Position the insertion point where you would like the changes to begin and follow the steps for changing the vertical alignment. Before you click OK, select This point forward from the drop-down box beside Apply to: in the Preview section.



Click OK.

Note: you can apply different vertical alignment to later portions of the document if needed.



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