Arranging Objects


Modifying text wrapping

When pictures are first inserted, you may notice that it's difficult to move them. This is because by default, pictures are in line with the text. To arrange them, you'll always need to choose a different text wrapping setting. To review how to modify text wrapping, visit our lesson on Pictures and Text Wrapping.

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To align two or more objects:

  1. Hold the Shift (or Ctrl) key and click the objects you want to align.

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From the Format tab, click the Align command and select one of the six alignment options.

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The objects will align based on the option you selected.

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By default, Align Selected Objects will be selected, which will allow objects to be aligned without moving them to a different part of the page. If you want the objects to move to the top or bottom of the page, select Align to Page or Align to Margin before choosing an alignment option.

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If you prefer to align objects manually, select View Gridlines. This option snaps objects to a grid, making it easier for you to align them with the mouse.

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To distribute objects evenly:

 

If you have arranged objects in a row or column, you may want them to be an equal distance from one another for a neater appearance. You can do this by distributing the objects horizontally or vertically.

  1. Hold the Shift (or Ctrl) key and click the objects you want to align. The Format tab will appear.

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On the Format tab, click the Align command and select Distribute Horizontally or Distribute Verticallyfrom the drop-down menu that appears.

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The objects will distribute evenly.

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Ordering and rotating objects

 

In addition to aligning objects, Word gives you the ability to arrange objects in a specific order. The ordering is important when two or more objects overlap, as it will determine which objects are in the front or the back.

 

Understanding levels

 

When objects are inserted into a document, they are placed on levels according to the order in which they were inserted into the document. In the image below, the table is on the top level, but we can change the level to put it behind the other objects.

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To change the ordering by one level:

In our example, we'll change the ordering so the table moves back by one level.

  1. Select an object. The Format tab will appear.

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From the Format tab, click the Bring Forward or Send Backward command to change the object's ordering by one level. If the object overlaps with more than one other object, you may need to click the commandseveral times to achieve the desired ordering. In our example, we'll select Send Backward.

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The objects will reorder. In our example, the table is now one level below the statue.

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If you have many objects placed on top of each other, it may be difficult to select an individual object. TheSelection Pane allows you to easily drag an object to a new location. To access the Selection Pane, clickSelection Pane on the Format tab.

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To bring an object to the front or back:

 

If you want to move an object behind or in front of several objects, it's usually faster to bring it to front or send it to back rather than clicking the ordering commands multiple times.

  1. Select an object. The Format tab will appear.
  2. From the Format tab, click the Bring Forward or Send Backward drop-down box.
  3. From the drop-down menu, select Bring to Front or Send to Back.

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The objects will reorder.

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To rotate an object:

  1. Select an object. The Format tab will appear.
  2. From the Format tab, click the Rotate command. A drop-down menu will appear.
  3. Select the desired rotation option.

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The object will rotate.

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Grouping objects

 

At times, you may want to group multiple objects into one object so they will stay together if they are moved or resized. Often, this is easier than selecting all of the objects every time you want to move them. Shapes, clip art, and text boxes can all be grouped together.

 

To group objects:

  1. Hold the Shift (or Ctrl) key and click the objects you want to group.

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From the Format tab, click the Group command and select Group.

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The selected objects will now be grouped. There will be a single box with sizing handles around the entire group to show that they are one object. You can now move or resize all of the objects at once.

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If you wish to edit or move one of the objects in the group, double-click to select the object. You can then edit it or move it to the desired location.

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To ungroup objects:

  1. Select the grouped object you wish to ungroup.
  2. From the Format tab, click the Group command and select Ungroup.

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The objects will be ungrouped.

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