How to Center Text in Google Docs [Updated 2024]

| | March 20, 2024
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Centering text in the middle, both horizontally and vertically, can provide a polished and professional look to your documents in Google Docs

Whether you're creating an ebook cover, flyer, a poster, or any other document, the ability to center text in the middle can enhance the visual appeal and overall presentation. 

In this tutorial, you'll learn how to center text in Google Docs, both horizontally and vertically.

Let's get started.

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How to Center Text in Google Docs

How to Center Text in Google Docs?

Here is the step-by-step process to center text in your Google document.

Step 1: Opening a New Document in Google Docs

From your web browser, open Google Docs by visiting this link -

Then, to create a new document, click on Blank document as shown below.

Open Blank Document in Google Docs

As you click on Blank document, a new blank page will open where we will add some text and try to center it using the process detailed below.

Step 2: Adding Your Text in Google Docs

Now, simply position your cursor at the location where you intend to start typing your centered text.

After typing the text, select it.

Now, if you go to the Align option from the toolbar and select Central align (shortcut key: Ctrl+Shift+E on Window & Cmd+Shift+E on Mac), it will only center the text horizontally as shown below.

Center Text in Google Docs

There is no straight forward option in Google Docs to center the text both horizontally as well as vertically.

As vertical centering is not a built-in feature in Google Docs, we can still achieve the effect using a workaround by creating a table.

First, create a 1x1 table by going to Insert >> Table and select a single cell as shown below.

1x1 Table in Google Docs

Now, you need to add your text inside this single cell. Below, you can see that i have placed my text inside the cell.

Add Text in Table

After entering the text, either select the text or place the cursor inside the cell containing the text, and click on the Align option. Now, select Centre align to center the text inside the table as shown above.

Below you can see that my text entered inside the table is now centre-aligned.

Centre-aligned Text in Table

Step 3: Accessing Table Properties in Google Docs

Now, right-click anywhere inside the table. A popup menu will open. From the popup menu, click on Table properties.

Table Properties in Google Docs

Now, you can see all the options under Table Properties on the right side of your document. Click on Quick layouts and then click on Centre as shown below to center the text vertical in the document.

Quick Layouts in Table Properties

As you click on Centre as mentioned above, the table along with your text will be positioned in the middle of your Google Docs document.

You can see that we have successfully centered the text both vertically and horizontally in Google Docs.

Next, we will remove the border of the table by clicking on the Colour option under Table properties as shown below.

Table Border Color

Now, click the option under Table border as shown in the above screenshot and select 0pt from the list. The default border width is set to 1pt. We will change it to 0pt.

By selecting 0pt, the table border will be completely removed. See the below screenshot.

Center Text in Google Document

This is how you can center text in Google Docs both vertically and horizontally.

And remember that you can enter multiple lines too in your text.

Also Read: Google Docs Table Alternating Color: How to do it?

Wrapping Up

By incorporating these simple steps, you can effortlessly center text in the middle, both horizontally and vertically, in your Google Docs document.

This technique can enhance the visual impact of your content and ensure a polished, professional appearance.

I hope you like this tutorial on how to center text in Google Docs using the technique mentioned above. If you've liked it, please share it with your friends on social media.

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Mamta Choudhary

Mamta Choudhary is the co-founder of She is an expert content writer and is a skilled graphic designer. She mainly write tutorial articles on various software and tools including graphic designing tools like Canva, and others.