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

  • 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?

  • Have you tried makeup which is the standard method to write title pages in ConTeXt
    – Aditya
    Commented May 6, 2012 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. Commented May 6, 2012 at 7:43

2 Answers 2


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

\startalignment[center] % or \centerline{...}
    {\definedfont[Bold at 40pt] Title}
document text
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    Don't use explicit align macros. You can use: \setupmakeup[align=middle].
    – Aditya
    Commented May 7, 2012 at 1:06
  • @Aditya Could you explain why not to use explicit align macros? I am an absolute ConTeXt beginner. Commented Sep 1, 2013 at 18:31
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    @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
    Commented Sep 1, 2013 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
    Commented Sep 1, 2013 at 18:46
  • this only horizontally centers my text :c
    – xeruf
    Commented Aug 29, 2022 at 18:49

Maybe it's a hack, but in my code this always works: place a \phantom{x} before the \vfill to get the desired effect.

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    This is a brutal hack! (1) You shouldn't do this, (2) if you decide to to this use at least \leavevmode\vfill instead of \phantom{x}\vfill. Commented Aug 5, 2016 at 7:34
  • @HenriMenke, I know it's quite an old answer (and comment), I'm wondering why one option is preferable to the other.
    – user9424
    Commented Jan 21, 2019 at 17:21

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