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How Do I Make Text Justified, Centered and In the Middle Of a Page In Mac Pages?

I have a MacBook Air M1. In Pages, i would like my text three ways: Justified, centered, and in the middle of the page. The text is already justified, but I would like it justified in the physical center of the page. And if possible, I would then like to move the justified centered text in the middle of the page without doing it manually (pressing enter five or so times). Thank you

I am formatting 80 pages of short stanzas
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Kat

Comments: 6 Responses to “How Do I Make Text Justified, Centered and In the Middle Of a Page In Mac Pages?”

    3 months ago

    If you don’t want to the text to go from edge-to-edge, then simply try adjusting the layout. So select those paragraphs, then go to the Format sidebar, and the Layout section. Change the First, Left and Right numbers in the Indents section. So you can add an additional 1 or 2 inches to the left and right sides to move the text to the center.

    But to center in the middle of the page both horizontally and vertically, I would create a new document. Change it to Page Layout in the File menu. Then simply add a text box. Move it to the middle of the page. Adjust its size as you like. Copy and paste the text from your original document into that text box.

    The problem is that you’ve got 80 pages. So that would mean 80 of these. You could make the box as tall as possible and use the “Align to center” button in Format, Text, Style. Then create 80 pages and link each text box from one page to the next. That will take some minutes, but should be doable.

    Kat
    3 months ago

    Thank you so much for your prompt response. You are a wiz. For some reason, when changing indent numbers for Left and Right, the paragraph does not move unless I adjust the ‘First’ indent number. I can adjust the First, but am afraid to eyeball the paragraph to indent closest to the middle. Just don’t want it to be off centered. Any reason for that? FYI-margin specs are .76 top and bottom, .75 inside, .6 outside Facing Pages, header .35, footer .3 Thank you

    3 months ago

    Kat: That’s right. Word processors have worked that way for decades. “First” is the indent for the first line of the paragraph. “Left” is for the rest of the lines. That way you can indent the first line, as it so common in books and other documents. Just have an indent that matches for all to center it. So 1.5, 1.5, and 1.5 for instance.

    Kat
    3 months ago

    Oh I see. Ok I will try that, thank you so much for your time. Btw I’m a YouTube subscriber. Keep up the great work.

    Linda
    1 month ago

    In the middle of the page, I want to do a column break on the top of the page. When I do a column break, the rest of the text will stay in the multiple column and I do not want this to happen. How do I end the text column break after I set the column break for the text I want to column break?

    1 month ago

    Linda: Not sure what you are describing. Are you in a word processing document, or a page layout document? In word processing, if I select some text in the middle of a page, then change that selected text to 2 columns, it works fine. I can add a column break in there as well and the columns return to 1 in the same place as before.

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