Align objects

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Word

PowerPoint

Excel

Word

Do any of the following:

Align an object with other objects

  1. Hold down SHIFT , click the objects that you want to align, and then click the Format tab.

  2. Under Arrange, click Align, and then select Align Selected Objects.

    Word Arrange group

    This is selected by default.

    If Align Selected Objects is not available

    In the document, select at least two objects. The Align Selected Objects option becomes enabled.

  3. Under Arrange, click Align, and then click the alignment that you want.

Align an object on the page

  1. Hold down SHIFT , click the objects that you want to align, and then click the Format tab.

  2. Under Arrange, click Align, select Align to Page.

    Word Arrange group

  3. Under Arrange, click Align, and then click the alignment that you want.

Align objects on a grid

To more easily align objects, you can use a grid. Or, you can snap your objects to a grid line that runs through the vertical edges, horizontal edges, and center of other objects. The line becomes visible only when you drag an object near another object.

  1. Hold down SHIFT , click the objects that you want to align, and then click the Format tab.

  2. Under Arrange, click Align, and then click Grid Options.

    Word Arrange group

  3. Do one of the following:

To automatically align objects

Do this

On a grid in Publishing Layout view

Under Snap objects, select the To grid in Publishing Layout View check box.

On a grid in Print Layout view

Under Snap objects, select the To grid in Print Layout View check box.

With grid lines that go through other shapes

Under Snap objects, select the To other objects check box.

  1. Tip: If you set the preference to align to grid but want to suspend this setting while you move an object, hold down COMMAND as you drag the object.

Align objects by using Static Guides

Static Guides make it easy to manually align text boxes, graphics, and other objects precisely to a specified area of a document.

  1. On the View menu, click Publishing Layout.

  2. On the View menu, make sure that Ruler has a check mark next to it.

  3. Rest the pointer over a blue portion of the horizontal or vertical ruler, until the pointer turns into a double-headed arrow.

    Rest pointer over ruler

  4. Drag a guide onto the page and position it anywhere you want.

    Drag guide onto page

See also

Move, rotate, or group a picture, text box, or other object

Resize an object

PowerPoint

Do any of the following:

Align an object with other objects

  1. Hold down SHIFT , click the objects that you want to align, and then click the Format tab.

  2. Under Arrange, click Align, and then select Align Selected Objects.

    Word Arrange group

    This is selected by default.

    If Align Selected Objects is not available

    In the document, select at least two objects. The Align Selected Objects option becomes enabled.

  3. Under Arrange, click Align, and then click the alignment that you want.

Align an object on the slide

  1. Hold down SHIFT , click the objects that you want to align, and then click the Format tab.

  2. Under Arrange, click Align, select Align to Slide.

    Word Arrange group

  3. Under Arrange, click Align, and then click the alignment that you want.

Turn on snap to grid

To more easily align objects, you can snap your objects to a grid line that runs through the vertical edges, horizontal edges, and centers of other objects. The line becomes visible only when you drag an object near another object.

  • On the View menu, point to Guides, and then select Snap to Grid.

Turn on snap to shape

To more easily align objects, you can snap your objects to other objects on the slide. The line becomes visible only when you drag an object near another object.

  • On the View menu, point to Guides and then select Snap to Shape.

Align objects by using Static Guides

Static Guides make it easy to manually align text boxes, graphics, and other objects precisely to a specified area of a document.

  1. On the View menu, point to Guides, and then click Static Guides.

  2. To add additional guides, hold down OPTION and drag a guide anywhere you want.

Align objects using Dynamic Guides

Dynamic Guides — lines that run through the center of other objects and the center of the slide  — appear when you drag an object. You can use dynamic guides to align an object relative to another object. Or, you can align an object relative to the center of a slide.

  1. On the View menu, point to Guides, and then click Dynamic Guides.

  2. Click the object that you want to align.

    Tip: To select multiple objects, hold down SHIFT , and then click the objects that you want.

  3. Drag the object near another object that you want to align it with, or drag the object near the center of the page.

    Note: To temporarily hide Dynamic Guides, hold down COMMAND while you drag the object.

  4. Use the grid lines that appear to obtain the alignment that you want.

See also

Move, rotate, or group a picture, text box, or other object

Resize an object

Excel

Do any of the following:

Align an object with other objects

  1. Hold down SHIFT , click the objects that you want to align, and then click the Format tab.

  2. Under Arrange, click Align, and then click the alignment that you want.

    Word Arrange group

See also

Move, rotate, or group a picture, text box, or other object

Resize an object

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