How to Horizontally Center a Table in Word

By Shawn McClain

When you add a table to your Microsoft Word 2010 document, if the table is not as wide as the page, the table will automatically align to the left side of the page. If you would prefer it if the table is located in the center, Word includes a simple tool to move the table horizontally. Word also gives you the option between wrapping the surrounding text around the table or placing the text underneath, to help your document get the look you desire.

Step 1

Open the Microsoft Word 2010 document that houses your table.

Step 2

Move your mouse over the table. You will see a small icon of two crossing arrows appear in the top-left corner of the table. Click on this icon to select the entire table.

Step 3

Click the "Layout" tab at the right end of the top of the screen. Locate the "Table" area of the ribbon and click the "Properties" button found there. A small window will open.

Step 4

Select "Center" under the "Alignment" heading to center your table horizontally. Directly underneath the "Alignment" heading is the "Text wrapping" heading. Choose "None" to have the text sit underneath the table, or choose "Around" to have the text wrap around the table.

Step 5

Click "OK" to close the Table Properties window.

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