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 margin guides, ruler guides, and grid guides. You can also distribute objects relative to each other or relative to the margin guides. Automatically aligning/distributing objects in Microsoft Publisher 2010 is controlled through the Align drop down in the Arrange group of the Table Tools Design, Picture Tools, or Drawing Tools tab depending on the type or types of objects you have selected. You can also align objects to margins, guides, and other objects by dragging the objects. For more information on layout guides, please see Structure the page with layout guides.



Arrange group for aligning objects in Publisher 2010

Automatically align or distribute objects

You can automatically align objects either relative to each other or relative to the margin guides.

Automatically align relative to a group of selected objects:

  1. Select the objects you want to align.
  2. On the Table Tools Design, Picture Tools or Drawing Tools tab, in the Arrange group, point to Align.
    Align object options in Publisher 2010
  3. Then select the option you want:
    Align Left – This selection will align the left side of the objects with the left edge of the left-most object.
    Align Center – This will align the center of the selected objects with the vertical center of the selected objects.
    Align Right – This selection aligns the right side of the objects with the right edge of the right-most object.
    Align Top – This will align the top side of the selected objects with the top edge of the top-most object.
    Align Middle – This aligns the selected objects in the horizontal middle selected objects.
    Align Bottom – This will align the bottom side of the selected objects with the bottom edge of the bottom-most object.
    Distribute Horizontally – This selection will move the selected objects to evenly distribute them horizontally.
    Distribute Vertically - This selection will move the selected objects to evenly distribute them vertically.

Automatically align relative to the Margin Guides:

  1. Select the objects you want to align.
  2. On the Table Tools Design, Picture Tools or Drawing Tools tab, in the Arrange group, point to Align, and then select Relative to Margin Guides.
    Align options relative to Margin Guides in Publisher 2010
  3. Then select the option you want:
    Align Left – This selection will align the left side of the objects with the left-most margin guide on the page.
    Align Center – This will align the center of the selected objects with the vertical center of the page.
    Align Right – This selection aligns the right side of the objects with the right-most margin guide on the page.
    Align Top – This will align the top side of the selected objects with the top margin guide on the page.
    Align Middle – This aligns the selected objects in the horizontal middle of the page.
    Distribute Horizontally – This selection will move the selected objects to evenly distribute them horizontally on the page.
    Distribute Vertically - This selection will move the selected objects to evenly distribute them vertically on the page.

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

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Manually align an object to another object or guide

Objects can align based on their edges or their midlines. The snapping behavior in previous versions of Publisher has been replaced with a new mechanism, as you drag an object toward another object’s edge or midline, or toward a guide, the object you are dragging will feel like it becomes sticky when it aligns and then release as you move past the alignment.

By dragging with the mouse, you can align:

An object's edge Can align to All guides, other object edges, and text box columns
An object's middle Can align to All guides and other object middles
A text box's column edge Can align to All guides and other text box column edges
A table's row/column edges Can align to All guides and other table row/column edges
A ruler guide Can align to All of the above

 Note    Groups are treated like a single object - the edges and centers of the group itself are used for alignment, not the edges/centers/columns of objects within the group.

To manually align an object:

  1. Position the mouse pointer over the object until you see the Move pointer Move pointer.
  2. Drag the object until it shows alignment 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.) or object that you want the object to align with.
    Example of aligning an object with guides or other objects in Publisher 2010

 Notes 

  • If the guides are hidden, objects will still align to the guides and the guides will show as the objects come into alignment.
  • You can turn manual alignment behavior on or off by using the Guides and Objects check-boxes in the Layout group of the Page Design tab.

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Applies to:
Publisher 2010