Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Grouping and Ungrouping Objects
Note
If you have the Snap Objects To Grid feature turned on while you work on the drawing
grid, but you want to move objects freely and without being constrained to the grid,
you can override the feature by pressing Alt while you drag an object.
Distributing vs. Aligning
W hen would you want to distribute the objects on your page, as opposed to
aligning them? When you are working with multiple objects in a shared space, you
can use Distribute to arrange the objects so that they are evenly spaced. Here are a few
guidelines for using Distribute to arrange objects on your page:
Distribute Horizontally and Distribute Vertically are available only when you have
selected three or more objects.
Distributing objects spaces them evenly between the objects on the outer
boundary of the space. For example, if you have a set of four buttons on the
left side of the page, click all four buttons and then click Distribute Horizontally.
The buttons are spaced evenly within the same amount of space they originally
occupied.
By default, the objects you select are distributed relative to each other. To
distribute objects relative to the drawing canvas instead, select the items and then
choose Align to Canvas.
Grouping and Ungrouping Objects
All art objects you add to your document—pictures, shapes, lines, and WordArt—are
individual objects in their own right. If you create a drawing by using a variety of art elements
(whether you use a drawing canvas or not), being able to combine those elements into a
single group enables you to move, copy, and modify all items at once.
You can also group objects to ensure that certain elements stay together no matter what.
Grouping also comes in handy when you want to make sure that layered objects don’t
inadvertently become incorrectly layered. You can ungroup grouped items at any time,
which means that you can edit any part of a grouped object whenever necessary.
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