centered text

It’s boring—use sparingly

Cen­tered text is overused. It’s the typo­graphic equiv­a­lent of vanilla ice cream—safe but bor­ing. It’s rare to see text cen­tered in a book, news­pa­per, or mag­a­zine, except for the occa­sional head­line or title. Asym­me­try is noth­ing to fear.

Yet it is feared. So for all the fans of cen­tered text, a poem:

An Ode to Cen­tered Text
Cen­tered text is accept­able when used for short phrases or titles.
Or in doc­u­ments, you can cen­ter major sec­tion head­ers
likeIntro­duc­tion,”Argu­ment,” andCon­clu­sion.”
(It may be con­ven­tional in your juris­dic­tion
to cen­ter cer­tain text in court fil­ings.)
If you enjoy cen­ter­ing text, then
you should learn to use the
hard line break so
your lines start
in sen­si­ble
places.
OK?

Whole text blocks, includ­ing sen­tence-length head­ings in court fil­ings, should not be cen­tered. Cen­ter­ing makes text blocks dif­fi­cult to read because both edges of the text block are uneven. Cen­tered text blocks are also dif­fi­cult to align with other page ele­ments. See headings for bet­ter options.