Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Aligning Two or More Objects with One Another
Aligning Two or More Objects with One Another
You can align two objects in relation to one another by assigning the same setting to both
objects. For example, in the left illustration in Figure 9.20, the objects are in their starting
positions. The right illustration shows what happens when you use the Align Top command
to move the lower object to the same vertical position as the higher one. If you use Align
Bottom, the higher object moves to match the lower one. If you use Align Center, both
objects move to split the difference between their two positions.
FIGURE 9.20
The original positioning (left) and the positioning after you apply the Align Top command
(right)
To align two or more objects with one another, follow these steps:
1. Select the objects.
2. Click Format
Align Objects, and make sure Align Selected Objects
is selected. If it’s not, click it to select it.
Arrange
3. Click the Align button again to reopen the menu if needed, and choose the
desired alignment, either vertical or horizontal.
If you use the Align Top command and the objects move to the very top of the slide, you probably have selected the
Align to Slide option. Undo (Ctrl+Z) the action and try again.
Distributing Objects
Distribution works only in relation to the slide or with three or more objects selected. When
you distribute objects, you spread them evenly over a given space. For example, suppose
you align three boxes vertically and now you want to even out the space between each box,
as shown in Figure 9.21. You can apply the Distribute Horizontally command to create the
uniform spacing. To distribute objects, follow these steps:
1. Select the objects. To do so, hold down the Shift key while you click each one, or
drag an outline that encircles all of the objects.
2. Click Format
Align Objects, and then click either Distribute
Vertically or Distribute Horizontally.
Arrange
 
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