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Aligning Objects

The Align panel provides commands that align objects or distribute them evenly along a horizontal or vertical axis.

To work with the Align panel:

  1. Choose Window > Object & Layout > Align. This opens the Align panel letter-f.jpg.
  2. Choose Show Options from the Align panel menu to see all the commands in the panel.

To align objects:

  1. Select two or more objects.
  2. Use the Alignment menu to choose to what items the objects should align letter-g.jpg.
    • Align to Selection uses the objects themselves for alignment.
    • Align to Margins uses the margins for alignment.
    • Align to Page uses the page trim for alignment.
    • Align to Spread uses the size of the spread for alignment.
  3. Click an alignment icon as follows:

You can also move objects so the spaces between certain points of the objects are equal. This is called distributing objects.

To distribute objects:

  1. Select three or more objects.
  2. Click a distribute icon as follows:

You can also distribute objects based on their size. This ensures that the space between the objects is equal.

To distribute the space between objects:

  1. Select three or more objects.
  2. Click a distribute space icon as follows:

The Align panel also has controls to space objects numerically. You can apply a numerical distance between the tops, centers, bottoms, or sides of objects.

To use spacing to distribute objects:

  1. Select two or more objects.
  2. Select Use Spacing in the Distribute Objects section of the Align panel letter-e.jpg.
  3. Enter the numerical distance in the Use Spacing field.
  4. Click one of the Distribute Objects icons. Now the objects are separated by a specific space inserted between the tops, centers, bottoms, or sides of the objects.

You can also set a specific numerical distance between the objects themselves. This is very useful when you want the same amount of space between objects, but the objects themselves have different sizes.

To set the spacing between objects:

  1. Select two or more objects.
  2. Select Use Spacing in the Distribute Spacing section of the Align panel letter-f.jpg.
  3. Enter the numerical distance in the Use Spacing field.
  4. Click one of the Distribute Spacing icons. Now a specific amount of space is added between the objects horizontally or vertically.
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