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Aligning and Distributing Objects

Objects should be accurately aligned with each other and distributed equally. Objects can also be accurately aligned in relation to the slide.

Align objects to the slide

  1. Select the object that you wish to align
  2. Click the Arrange button in the Drawing group of the Home tab
  3. Select Align and then the type of alignment you wish to use e.g. Align Center to align the object in the centre of the slide
  4. Align to slide

    Notice that the Align to Slide option is ticked, meaning that the object will be aligned to the slide rather than aligned with another object on the slide.

    Objects can also be aligned using the Align button on the objects Format contextual tab.

Align objects to each other

  1. Select the objects that you wish to align
  2. Press the Shift or Ctrl keys whilst clicking each object to select multiple objects

  3. Click the Arrange button in the Drawing group of the Home tab
  4. Select Align and then the type of alignment you wish to use e.g. Align Top to align the objects by the top edges
  5. Align objects

    Notice that the Align Selected Objects option is ticked, meaning that the objects will be aligned with each other rather than aligned to the slide.

Distribute objects

The distribute command spaces out objects equally.

  1. Select the objects that you wish to distribute
  2. Click the Arrange button in the Drawing group of the Home tab
  3. Select Align and then click either Distribute Horizontally or Distribute Vertically
  4. Distributing objects

    The distribute commands are only available if you have selected more than 2 objects.

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