How to Align a Table Vertically in Microsoft Word

By Techwalla Computers Editor

When you are formatting a table in Microsoft Word, you may wish to align that table vertically on the page. This can give a clean and polished look to your table and document as a whole. By selecting just the table before you apply the alignment properties, you will align only the table.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Word

Step 1

Open Microsoft Word and open an existing table. If you like, you can create a new table on a blank document.

Step 2

Go to the "View" menu and select "Print Layout" to change to the Print Layout view. If the words "Print Layout" are already highlighted, you are already in Print Layout view.

Step 3

Hover your mouse pointer over the top left hand corner of your table. You should see a four-headed arrow surrounded by a square. This is your table move handle.

Step 4

Select your table by clicking on the table move handle.

Step 5

Choose the "File" menu and then the "Page Setup" option to bring up the "Page Setup" dialog box.

Step 6

Select the "Layout" tab in the dialog box and under the "Page" section choose a vertical alignment of "Top," "Center," "Justified" or "Bottom."

Step 7

Pick "Selected text" in the "Apply to" options under the "Preview" section and click the "OK" button to vertically align your table.

Tips & Warnings

  • A table can be vertically aligned before or after you have inputted the data inside of the table cells.
  • If you wish to vertically align everything in your document, including your table, select "Whole document" in the Layout section of the Page Setup dialog box.