Distribute shapes

The following steps show how to use the Distribute Shapes command to evenly space three or more selected shapes on the drawing page. For more information about arranging Visio shapes, see the links in the See Also section.

  1. Select three or more shapes by holding down SHIFT or CTRL while clicking shapes.

    Note: The Distribute Shapes command is disabled if you don’t select three or more shapes.

  2. On the Shape menu, click Distribute Shapes.

    Tip: You can also click the Distribute Shapes button on the Action toolbar. If you don’t see the Action toolbar, right-click the menu bar or any toolbar, and click Action.

  3. Choose a distribution option.

    • For Vertical distribution, the boundaries are defined by the top and bottom shapes in the selection.

      Distribute shapes vertically button image

      Distribute shapes vertically

      Distribute shapes vertically along top button image

      Distribute shapes vertically along top

      Distribute shapes vertically and center button image

      Distribute shapes vertically and center

      Distribute shapes vertically along bottom button image

      Distribute shapes vertically along bottom

    • For Horizontal distribution, the boundaries are defined by the leftmost and rightmost shapes in the selection.

      Distribute shapes horizontally button image

      Distribute shapes horizontally

      Distribute shapes horizontally and to left button image

      Distribute shapes horizontally and to left

      Distribute shapes horizontally and center button image

      Distribute shapes horizontally and center

      Distribute shapes horizontally and to right button image

      Distribute shapes horizontally and to right

  4. To add guides and glue the shapes to them, select the Create guides and glue shapes to them check box.

    If you choose this option, you can move an outermost guide to redistribute all the shapes.

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