Align objects

You can arrange text boxes, pictures, AutoShapes, and drawing objects so that they line up with a grid line or a TE000128417. Or you can line up objects relative to each other so that the placement of the objects is based on the placement of another object, group of objects, or the margins.

Align objects in a row

  1. Select the objects you want to align.

  2. On the Arrange menu, point to Align or Distribute, and then select the option you want.

    Tip

    To align objects down the center of a page, click Relative to Margin Guides, and then click Align Center.

Align an object to another object, a grid line, or ruler mark

The Snap commands set objects to exert a magnet-like pull on nearby objects.

  1. On the Arrange menu, point to Snap, and then select an option.

  2. Select the object you want to move.

    Selection handles will appear around the object.

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  3. Position the mouse pointer over the object until you see the Move pointer Move pointer .

  4. Drag the object until its edge snaps to the guide, object, or TE000128417 that you want the object to align with.

Note: 

  • If the guides are hidden, objects will still snap to the guides.

  • If you have turned on all of the Snap options, Microsoft Publisher tries to snap objects first to a nearby guide. If there's no guide nearby, Publisher snaps to the nearest object. If there are no objects nearby, Publisher snaps to the closest ruler mark.

Align objects relative to the margin

  1. Select the objects you want to align.

  2. On the Arrange menu, point to Align or Distribute, and then click Relative to Margin Guides Button image .

  3. Select another Align or Distribute option.

    Tip

    To align objects down the center of a page, select both Relative to Margin Guides and Align Center.

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