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How do I vertically center text in a circle or box in Illustrator?

If I choose the "Vertically Align Center" in the align palette to align the text in the center of my circle object, it's not in the exact center. This is because there is the box around the text tool that it centers it to

The only way I have found to align the text exactly in the center is to create outlines of the text.

  • You don't have to put the text in a box... or you can fit the box. – Ryan Dec 11 '14 at 2:49
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  1. select your text
  2. apply Effect->Path->Outline Object
  3. go to Edit->Preferences->General and check "Use Preview Bounds"

  4. select both your circle and text and align as usual.

  5. uncheck "Use Preview Bounds"

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