Do you frequently use the drawing tools in the MS Office Suite?
When you draw multiple items, do you ever find yourself trying to line them up by sight?
Trying to eyeball alignment like that is a tricky proposition and it often leaves you with results that are not quite right.
Interested in having the program do an exact alignment for you?
If you’ve ever been through this frustrating experience, you know how valuable this knowledge can be, so let’s get right to work.
First, you need to open the Drawing Toolbar. (You can accomplish this through the View menu, Toolbars submenu or by clicking the Drawing button on the Standard toolbar).
Next, select the objects to be aligned. You can use the Shift key while you click on each item.
With all the objects still selected, go to the Draw menu (on the Drawing toolbar) and select the Align or Distribute submenu.
It’s here that you can tell the program how to align the selected objects.
As you can see, there are quite a few choices. It may be helpful to know that the program will consider all the selected objects and align to the object that is most in the direction you chose. For example, if you choose a left alignment, then all the objects will be moved to align to the object that started out in the left most position.
Whatever your needs, I’m sure there’s a choice here to fit them.
You’ll find that as soon as you make a selection, you’re returned to the program where your objects have been aligned as you requested.
If you didn’t get quite what you were looking for, use Ctrl + Z to undo the alignment and try a different one. It does take a bit of experience to know exactly how the program will align objects, but with some practice, you’ll be a pro in no time!