Object is overlapping text

An object is overlapping text.

If this condition is not fixed and the publication is sent as an e-mail message, the text will be exported as an image. The image quality will be low, and the image will add to the file size of the e-mail message.

The object is one of the following:

  • An AutoShape

  • A table

  • A text box

  • A picture or clip art

To find and select the item, click the error message in the Design Checker task pane, click the arrow, and then click Go to this Item.

Move the object

To fix this problem, move the object so that it does not overlap the text. You can move an object or a group of objects by dragging it, nudging it, or using measurements to position it on the page.

Drag the object to a new position

  1. Position the mouse pointer over the object until the pointer changes to the Move pointer Move pointer .

  2. Drag the object to the new position. To drag the object in a straight line, hold down SHIFT while you drag the object.

    Note: If one of the Snap commands is turned on, the object might snap to the nearest guide, object, or ruler mark when you release the mouse button.

Nudge the object

  • Select the object and then press one of the arrow keys to move the object in the direction that you want.

    The object moves a set distance each time you press an arrow key. The default nudge distance is 0.13 inch (or its equivalent if you are using another unit of measurement). However, you can change the nudge distance.


    1. On the Tools menu, click Options, and then click the Edit tab.

    2. Select the Arrow keys nudge objects by check box, and then type the distance that you want objects to move when you nudge them.

Position the object precisely on the page

  1. Right-click the object, and then click Format object type on the shortcut menu.

  2. On the Layout tab, under Position on page, enter the positive measurements for the horizontal and vertical placement of the object or group of objects.

Delete the object

Right-click the object, and then click Delete Object on the shortcut menu.

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