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Arrange Objects

An object is anything in a Word 2007 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 Format contextual tab for the object on the Ribbon
  4. Click the Bring to Front or Send to Back buttons. Click on the list arrow on the buttons for the Bring Forward and Send Backward options
  5. Send to Back

Align Objects with Other Objects

The left, centre, right and justify buttons 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 Format contextual tab for the object on the Ribbon
  3. Click the Align button in the Arrange group and select the required alignment option
  4. Align an object with another object

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 Format contextual tab for the object on the Ribbon
  3. Click the Align button in the Arrange group
  4. Select either Distribute Horizontally or Distribute Vertically
  5. 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. Freehand rotate handle

    Or

  4. Click the Format contextual tab for the object on the Ribbon
  5. Click Rotate button in the Arrange group
  6. Rotate button

  7. 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 the Format contextual tab for the object on the Ribbon
  3. Click Group button in the Arrange group and select Group
  4. Group shapes together

    The objects are grouped together. Click the Group button and then Ungroup to return them to individual objects

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