We investigated punching properties (crack in punched surface and hole expansion ratio) of high tensile strength steel sheets with and without center segregation. High strength steel sheets were heat-treated to reduce center segregation. Tensile strength, shear surface ratio, depth of rollover and burr height were measured on heat-treated steel sheets to confirm the effect of heat-treatment on strength. The EPMA analysis showed that the center segregation of Mn was reduced by the diffusion during heat-treatment. Crack-formation frequency and hole expansion ratio were also measured. As a result, the center segregation of Mn in high tensile strength steel sheets decreased by the heat-treatment (600 deg;C for 100 h) with maintaining the tensile strength, the depth of rollover and the burr height. The crack-formation frequency of the steel sheets decreased through heat-treatments.