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Controlling Vertical Alignment
Controlling Vertical Alignment
The vertical alignment is the positioning of the text vertically within the text box. The
default vertical alignment is Top, which means that if there is extra space in the text box,
it congregates at the bottom.
For the main text placeholders in a presentation, Top alignment is usually the best because
it prevents the fi rst line of text on each slide from looking like it is inconsistently placed.
However, for a manual text box on an individual slide, Middle alignment often looks better,
especially in a text box that has an outline or fi ll defi ned.
You can choose Top, Middle, or Bottom alignment, or centered versions of each (Top
Centered, Middle Centered, or Bottom Centered). The centered versions center the text hori-
zontally within the text box, but it’s not the same thing as horizontal alignment on a para-
graph level. The text remains left aligned with itself, but it scoots over to the center of the
text box. Figure 6.20 shows the difference.
FIGURE 6.20
Vertical centering combinations with paragraph-level horizontal alignment.
Vertical: Middle
Paragraph: Centered
Vertical: Middle Centered
Paragraph: Left
Vertical: Middle
Paragraph: Left
If you want one of the basic three alignments, click Align Text in the Paragraph group on
the Home tab, as shown in Figure 6.21, and select Top, Middle, or Bottom.
 
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