If you're are creating and printing a report in Word, it looks great to have the title of the report on the first page aligned center in the middle of the page.
In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a dedicated page for the title and then center text in the middle of the page.
Creating a Dedicated Page for the Title
If you have a report and you want a separate first page with only the title on it, don't go crazy with the enter key trying to push down the content to the second page.
While you can do this, it's not an efficient way to do this.
Instead, follow the steps below to create a dedicated page for the title:
- Place the cursor at the beginning of the document. You can use your mouse or the keyboard shortcut Control + Home (hold the Control key and then press Home).
- Enter the Title (and the subtitle if there is) that you want to align to the middle of the page.
- Place the cursor at the end of the title.
- Click the Layout tab.
- In the Page Setup group, click on Breaks.
- Click Next Page (it's in the Section Breaks list).
This would keep the Title on the first page, and move everything else to the next page. What Microsoft Word has done here is inserted a section break (which is a lot like page break) right after the title. So everything that's after the page break would move to a new page.
You can bring the cursor back to the title page that has the title by using the mouse or the arrow keys.
Why is it important to insert this section break? When you insert a section break, your document gets divided into two sections. Let's call these Section A and Section B for the sake of this tutorial. Now there are some formatting changes that you can apply to Section A, without impacting the formatting of Section B. In this case, when we insert a section break, the title page is one separate section and rest of the document is another section. Now we can center the text and middle-align only the title, while the remaining of the document remains unchanged.
Center Text In the Middle of the Page in Word
Now that you have a dedicated section for your title (or maybe you have the sub-title as well), it's time to center the text and align it in the middle of the page.
Here are the steps that will place the text in the middle of the page and align it to the center:
- Make sure your cursor is on the title page.
- Click the Layout tab.
- In the Page Setup group, click on the dialog box launcher (the small tilted arrow at the bottom right of the Page Setup group).
- In the Page Setup dialog box, set the Vertical alignment to Center.
- In the Align section, select ‘This Section'. This setting ensures that the change is only applied to the correct section, and not to the entire document.
- Click OK. This will middle align the text.
- Place the cursor anywhere in the Title.
- Click the Home tab.
- In the Paragraph group, click on the Center icon. If you have subtitles that you want to center align, place the cursor in it and repeat this step.
This will give you a result as shown below.
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