How to Center Text on a Mac

By Julius Vandersteen

Use TextEdit on your Mac to compose memos and other business documents.
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Sometimes, what you need in your document to make it really stand out is centered text. For example, you can center your company’s contact information at the top of a letter or center a subheading above a section of text. All Macs come with Apple’s TextEdit application, which you can use for standard word processing tasks, including text formatting such as centering words or making them bold or italic.

Click “Applications” on the Dock of the Mac, and then click “TextEdit” to launch Apple’s native word processing application. A new blank document will appear.

Type text in your document.

Select the text that you want to center.

Click “Format” from the TextEdit menu, then click “Text,” and then click “Center.” Alternately, click the “Center” button at the top of the document window, which is marked with an icon of centered lines of text.


Information in this article applies to Macs running OS X 10.8 and TextEdit version 1.8. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.