Right you are.
I didn’t think to check the manual for this because it seemed straightforward: I go to the edit staff names dialogue, there’s a button that I can press and a preview in the window that shows the names center aligned, I click OK, and no result.
To the end user, by all accounts, this appears a glitch. I’m presented options, I click them, get a preview that shows exactly what I want, and then I hit enter and the result is different from the preview. If the alignment buttons simply weren’t displayed, I’d have instinctively known to look elsewhere rather than thinking there is a problem, so I do believe this still needs to be addressed from a strictly UI/intuition standpoint. That said, you DID do your due diligence in the manual. Regardless, as with so many other things, now that I know what to do, it’s a non-issue, but I suspect I’m not the only one fooled by this.