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Arrange Objects

An object is anything in a Word 2003 document except text. Objects include pictures, shapes, diagrams, text boxes etc.

How an object interacts with text and other objects on a page can be controlled using various drawing tools.

Change the Order of Objects

Each object appears on its own layer. The last object added will appear on top if objects are stacked like pieces of paper on a table.

Objects can be sent backwards and forwards to change the order in which they are stacked.

  1. Select the object(s) you want to move forward or back
  2. Hold down the Shift key whilst clicking on objects to select multiple objects

  3. Click the Draw button on the Drawing toolbar
  4. Select Order and then the required Order option from the list
  5. Change the order of objects

Align Objects with Other Objects

The left, centre, right and justify buttons on the toolbar can be used to align an object relative to the page. Use the Align and Distribute options to align objects with other objects on a page.

  1. Select the objects you want to align
  2. Click the Draw button and then Align or Distribute
  3. Align objects with one another
  4. Ensure the Relative to Page option is de-selected. Click on the option to de-select if necessary
  5. Click on the required alignment option

Distribute Objects on a Page

Distributing objects controls the spacing between objects on a page.

  1. Select the objects you want to distribute
  2. Click the Draw button and then Align or Distribute
  3. Select either Distribute Horizontally or Distribute Vertically
  4. The objects on the ends remain in position, and those in the middle are moved to ensure the spacing between all objects is equal

Rotate and Flip an Object

  1. Select the object you want to rotate or flip
  2. Drag the green handle to freely rotate an object
  3. Rotate handle on a shape


    Click Draw and then Rotate or Flip

    Roatet and Flip options

  4. Select the required option

Grouping Objects

Grouping allows you to treat multiple objects as a single object.

  1. Select the objects you want to group
  2. Click Draw and then Group

    Grouping objects

    The objects are grouped together. Click Draw > Ungroup to return them to individual objects

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