Align pictures, shapes, WordArt and other objects

You can have Word align objects—such as pictures, shapes, SmartArt, and charts—in relation to the edges of the page, the margins, or other objects.

Align a picture, shape, text box, SmartArt graphic, or WordArt

  1. Select the objects to align. Press and hold CTRL while you select the other objects.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • To align a picture, select Picture Format or Picture Tools > Format.

    • To align a shape, text box, or WordArt, select Shape Format or Drawing Tools > Format.

  3. In the Arrange group, select Align

    Align button
  4. Choose of the following:

    Important: If Align options are unavailable, you may only have a single item selected.

    • Align Left     To align the edges of the objects to the left.

    • Align Center     To align the objects vertically through their centers.

    • Align Right     To align the edges of the objects to the right.

    • Align Top     To align the top edges of the objects.

    • Align Middle     To align the objects horizontally through their middles.

    • Align Bottom     To align the bottom edges of the objects.

      Notes: 

      • When you align objects relative to each other by their edges, one of the objects remains stationary.

      • Align Middle aligns objects horizontally through the middles of the objects and Align Center aligns objects vertically through the centers of the objects. When you align objects relative to each other by their middles or centers, the objects are aligned along a horizontal or vertical line that represents the average of their original positions. No object necessarily remains stationary, and all of the objects might move.

      • Depending on the alignment option that you select, objects will move straight up, down, left, or right, and might cover an object already located there. If you align your objects and find that they are stacked on top of each other, undo the alignment and then move the objects to new positions before aligning again.

Arrange objects equal distances from each other

  1. Select at least three objects to arrange. To select multiple objects, select the first object, and then press and hold CTRL while you select the other objects.

    To select objects that are hidden, stacked, or behind text, go to Home > Find and Select > Select Objects, and then draw a box over the objects.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • To arrange pictures equally, select Picture Format or Picture Tools > Format

    • To arrange a group with shapes, text boxes, or WordArt equally, select Shape Format or Drawing Tools > Format.

  3. In the Arrange group, select Align.

    Align button
  4. Choose one of the following:

    • Distribute Horizontally To center the objects horizontally.

    • Distribute Vertically To center the objects vertically.

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