Align text or adjust the margins within a text box

In a text box in Word, you can align text horizontally or vertically, and you can adjust the margins. Horizontal alignment determines how the left and right edges of a paragraph fit between the left and right margins of a text box, while vertical alignment determines the placement of the text between the text box's upper and lower margins. You can adjust the margins to be narrower or wider.

Do any of the following:

Align text horizontally

  1. In the text box, select the text that you want to change the horizontal alignment for.

  2. On the Home tab, under Paragraph, click the alignment option that you want  Home tab, Paragraph group, Text Alignment .

Align text vertically

You can align all the text in a text box with the top, middle, or bottom of the text box.

  1. Click the outer edge of the text box to select it.

  2. Click the Format tab (the purple contextual tab that appears next to the Home tab), and then under Text Box, click Change text alignment within the text box  Change text alignment within the text box button .

  3. Click the alignment option that you want.

Adjust the text box's margins

  1. Click the outer edge of the text box to select it.

  2. On the Format menu, click Shape.

  3. In the left pane of the Format Shape dialog box, click Text Box.

  4. Under Internal Margin, adjust the measurements to increase or decrease the distance between the text and the outer border of the text box.

See also

Align objects

Control text wrapping around objects

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