Align objects

You can arrange text boxes, pictures (picture: A bitmap or draw-type graphic that is brought into Publisher. Clip art is one type of picture.), AutoShapes (AutoShapes: A group of ready-made shapes that includes basic shapes, such as rectangles and circles, plus a variety of lines and connectors, block arrows, flowchart symbols, stars and banners, and callouts.), and drawing objects (drawing object: Any graphic you draw or insert, which can be changed and enhanced. Drawing objects include AutoShapes, curves, lines, and WordArt.) so that they line up with a grid line or a ruler mark (ruler mark: A mark on the vertical or horizontal ruler that shows a unit or subunit of the measurement unit that is used for the publication. ). Or you can line up objects relative to each other so that the placement of the objects is based on the placement of another object, group of objects, or the margins.

ShowAlign objects in a row

  1. Select the objects you want to align.
  2. On the Arrange menu, point to Align or Distribute, and then select the option you want.

ShowTip

To align objects down the center of a page, click Relative to Margin Guides, and then click Align Center.

ShowAlign an object to another object, a grid line, or ruler mark

The Snap commands set objects to exert a magnet-like pull on nearby objects.

  1. On the Arrange menu, point to Snap, and then select an option.
  2. Select the object you want to move.

Selection handles will appear around the object.

Object

  1. Position the mouse pointer over the object until you see the Move pointer Move pointer.
  2. Drag the object until its edge snaps to the guide (guides: Nonprinting lines that are used to position objects precisely. Types of guides include margin guides, column guides, row guides, and ruler guides.), object, or ruler mark (ruler mark: A mark on the vertical or horizontal ruler that shows a unit or subunit of the measurement unit that is used for the publication. ) that you want the object to align with.

 Notes 

  • If the guides are hidden, objects will still snap to the guides.
  • If you have turned on all of the Snap options, Microsoft Publisher tries to snap objects first to a nearby guide. If there's no guide nearby, Publisher snaps to the nearest object. If there are no objects nearby, Publisher snaps to the closest ruler mark.

ShowAlign objects relative to the margin

  1. Select the objects you want to align.
  2. On the Arrange menu, point to Align or Distribute, and then click Relative to Margin Guides Button image.
  3. Select another Align or Distribute option.

ShowTip

To align objects down the center of a page, select both Relative to Margin Guides and Align Center.

 
 
Applies to:
Publisher 2007, Publisher 2003