# How to vertically center content in ConTeXt?

I would like to vertically center my title page. I have tried code like this, but it does not work:

``````\vfill
\startalignment[center]
Title
\stopalignment
\vfill
``````
• I am using ConTeXt, so the solutions at Vertically center text on a page did not work, however, solutions in plain TeX will be fine too.
• The documentation on \setupalign at the ConTeXt wiki suggests there might be the option `lohi`, but it seems only to center content vertically when placed inside a frame.

How can I vertically center content on a page?

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Have you tried makeup which is the standard method to write title pages in ConTeXt –  Aditya May 6 '12 at 4:29
You are missing a `\dontleavehmode` immediately before the first `\vfill`. It is required because the top of a page is a special situation in vmode. –  phg May 6 '12 at 7:43

As Aditya already answered, the most common way is to use `\startstandardmakeup`, as in:

``````\starttext
\startstandardmakeup
\startalignment[center] % or \centerline{...}
{\definedfont[Bold at 40pt] Title}
\stopalignment
\stopstandardmakeup
document text
\stoptext
``````
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Don't use explicit align macros. You can use: `\setupmakeup[align=middle]`. –  Aditya May 7 '12 at 1:06
@Aditya Could you explain why not to use explicit align macros? I am an absolute ConTeXt beginner. –  Serge Stroobandt Sep 1 '13 at 18:31
@SergeStroobandt: Because it is bad style. I will prefer using `\starttitlepagemakeup Title \stoptitlepagemakeup` rather than what is described in the solution (where `titlepage` makeup is appropriately defined). –  Aditya Sep 1 '13 at 18:44
@SergeStroobandt: To give an analogy, it will be a bad style in LaTeX to use `\section{\itseries First section}`. It is better to move the formatting setup in the preamble and use semantic markup in the document body. –  Aditya Sep 1 '13 at 18:46