Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Moving and Positioning Objects
Moving and Positioning Objects
Moving objects is considerably easier than moving furniture. Select the
object you want to reposition and use one of these techniques to land it in
the right place:
Dragging: Move the pointer over the perimeter of the object, click when
you see the four-headed arrow, and drag the object to a new location.
Hold down the Shift key as you drag to move an object either
horizontally or vertically in a straight line.
Using a task pane or dialog box (in PowerPoint and Word): On the
Format tab, click the Size group button. (Depending on the size of your
screen, you may have to click the Size button first.) You see the Format
task pane or Layout dialog box. On the Position category or tab, enter
Horizontal and Vertical position measurements to place the object on
the slide or page.
Nudging: If you can’t quite fit an object in the right place, try using a
Nudge command. Nudge commands move objects up, down, left, or
right. Press one of the arrow keys (↑, ↓, ←, →) to move the object a little
bit. Hold down the Ctrl key as you press an arrow key to make the object
move by tiny increments.
Use the dialog box method of positioning objects when you want objects to
be in the exact same position on different pages or slides.
Tricks for aligning and distributing objects
When several objects appear in the same place, use the Align and Distribute
commands to give the objects an orderly appearance. You can make your
Word page, PowerPoint slide, or Excel worksheet look tidier by aligning the
objects or by distributing them so that they are an equal distance from one
another. Office offers special commands for doing these tasks.
Aligning objects
The Align commands come in handy when you want objects to line up with
one another. Suppose you need to align several shapes. As shown in Figure
4-14, you can use an Align command to line up the shapes with precision.
You don’t have to tug and pull, tug and pull until the shapes are aligned
with one another. In the figure, I used the Align Top command to line up the
shapes along the top. In Word and PowerPoint, besides aligning objects with
respect to one another, you can align objects or with respect to the page
(in Word) or the slide (in PowerPoint). For example, you can line up objects
along the top of a slide.
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