- Select the objects that you want to align.
- Do one of the following:
Align or distribute objects relative to the slide
Set coordinates for objects relative to the slide corner or center
- On the Format menu, click the command for the type of object that you selected — for example, AutoShape or Picture — and then click the Position tab.
- In the From boxes, select either Top Left Corner or Center for the horizontal and vertical anchors, and then enter the distances that you want from the anchors in the Horizontal and Vertical boxes.
Align objects by their edges
When you align objects (object: A table, chart, graphic, equation, or other form of information. Objects created in one application, for example spreadsheets, and linked or embedded in another application are OLE objects.) relative to each other by their edges, one of the objects remains stationary. For example, clicking Align Left aligns the left edges of all selected objects with the left edge of the leftmost object — that is, the leftmost object remains stationary, and the other objects are aligned relative to it.
Align objects horizontally or vertically
- Depending on the alignment option that you click, objects (object: A table, chart, graphic, equation, or other form of information. Objects created in one application, for example spreadsheets, and linked or embedded in another application are OLE 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, you can undo the alignment and then move the objects to new positions before you align them again.
- If options on the Align or Distribute menu are unavailable, you may not have enough objects selected. Unless the Relative to Slide option is selected, you must select at least two objects to make the alignment options available and at least three objects to make the distribution options available.
- If objects don't move to where you want them, the Snap objects to grid option may be selected. This option, which is turned on by default, aligns objects to the nearest intersection of the grid (grid: A set of intersecting lines used to align objects.) as you draw or move objects.
- To turn off this option, click Grid and Guides on the View menu, and then clear the Snap objects to grid check box.
Alternately, the Relative to Slide option on the Align and Distribute menu may be selected. When this option is turned on, objects are moved relative to the slide instead of to other objects.