How to Bottom Align in Microsoft Word for Office 365

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Aligning text to the bottom in Microsoft Word is useful for documents like resumes, cover letters, flyers, and more. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to bottom align text in Word for Office 365.

Why Bottom Align Text

There are several reasons you may want to bottom align text in Word:

  • Resume aesthetics – Bottom aligned text and headings can improve the look and layout of resumes.
  • Cover letters – Gives cover letters a neat, professional appearance.
  • Flyers and posters – Creating eye-catching flyers and posters by making key text pop at the bottom.
  • Accentuate text – Draw attention to important words or phrases by aligning them to the bottom edge.
  • Improve readability – In some cases, bottom aligned text can enhance readability, like in narrow columns.

How to Align Text to Bottom in Word

Aligning text in Word is easy once you know where to find the alignment options. Follow these simple steps:

Select the Text

  • Highlight the text you want to align to the bottom. You can select a heading, paragraph, or multiple paragraphs.

Open Page Setup

  • Go to the Layout tab > Page Setup group.
  • Click the small dialog box launcher arrow at bottom-right.

Choose Bottom Alignment

  • In the Page Setup dialog, go to the Layout tab.
  • In the Vertical Alignment section, choose Bottom from the dropdown menu.

Apply Changes

  • By default, alignment will apply to the whole document.
  • To apply to only the selected text, change the Apply to: dropdown to Selected text.
  • Click OK to finalize your changes.

The selected text will now align to the bottom of the page or text frame.

Align Part of a Document

By default, the vertical alignment applies to the whole document. Here is how to bottom align only part of a Word doc:

  • Place your cursor where you want the new alignment to start
  • Go to Layout tab > Breaks > Section Breaks
  • Select Next Page under Section Breaks
  • Highlight the text you want bottom aligned
  • Follow steps above to choose Bottom alignment in Page Setup
  • Click OK

This will treat the text after the section break independently for vertical alignment.

Tips for Proper Bottom Alignment

  • Add enough text above the bottom aligned text for the layout to work properly.
  • Use section breaks when you only want parts of the document bottom aligned.
  • Align images and text boxes individually to have full control.

Troubleshooting Bottom Alignment

Text isn’t aligning properly

  • Check that you have enough text above the portion you want aligned. Leaving too much white space above can prevent proper alignment.

Whole document shifted to bottom unexpectedly

  • Make sure you change Apply to: to Selected text in the Page Setup dialog when you only want certain parts of the document bottom aligned.

Text boxes overlapping oddly

  • Align images and text boxes separately using the alignment tools under Picture Tools or Text Box Tools on the ribbon.

Alternative Alignment Options

Bottom alignment isn’t your only option for creatively aligning text in Word. Consider using these other alignment styles for unique documents:

Center Alignment

  • Centers text vertically between top and bottom margins.
  • Creates symmetry and draws attention.
  • Improves appearance of short documents like letters.

Justified Alignment

  • Spaces out text evenly between margins vertically.
  • Prevents top heavy pages with lots of white space.
  • Creates an artistic, avant-garde look.

Top Alignment

  • The default alignment in Word.
  • Aligns text at top margin, subsequent paragraphs stack downward.
  • Best option for readability and accessibility.

So whether you’re creating eye-catching marketing materials, polished professional documents, or modern artistic designs, Microsoft Word has the alignment options you need to make your text layout stand out.


Aligning text and elements in Word allows you to take your documents to the next level visually. Specifically, bottom aligning text can help you accentuate important points, improve readability, and make documents more aesthetically appealing.

By following the steps outlined above and experimenting with vertical alignment styles, you can begin designing beautiful, engaging documents that drive results and showcase your best work.

The key is mastering Page Setup to unlock Word’s powerful formatting features. So try bottom aligning text on your next report cover page, resume, poster, or other document. You’ll be surprised by the design impact alignment can make!