Tech Tips Home
The Best Tech Tips And Daily Deals
Newsletter On The Internet!

WorldStart Tech Tip And Store Search
Email: Password: Login Remember Me

Like what you see here? Subscribe to the Tech Tips newsletter!   Email: Subscribe

Alignment Anyone?

Friday, December 22nd, 2006 by | Filed Under: MS Office Help

Alignment Anyone?

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!

~ April

Leave a Reply

Like these tips? Get them for FREE in your email!

WorldStart's Tech Tips Newsletter

  • Tech Tips Daily - Become a tech pro! Get the very best tech and computer help sent directly to your email every weekday!

  • Tech Tips Weekly - If you don't want our Tech Tips newsletter every day, then sign up for this weekly newsletter to get the best information of the week. Sent on Fridays.

Other Newsletters

  • WorldStart's Daily Deals - Every week, we send out great deals in our Daily Deals newsletter. Many of these deals are exclusively for our Daily Deals newsletter subscribers and can't be found with our regular specials.

  • Just For Grins - Each issue includes a couple clean jokes, some funny quotes, and a hilarious reader's story. Newsletter is sent five days a week.

Enter Email Address:


Your e-mail address is safe with us!
We only use it to send you the newsletters you request. It is NEVER disclosed to a third party for any reason, ever! Plus, if you decided you don't like our newsletters (don't worry, you'll love them), unsubscribing is fast and easy.

Free Newsletter Signup

Tech Tips Daily

Become a tech pro! Get the very best tech and computer help sent directly to your email every weekday!

Tech Tips Weekly

The week's best in tech and computer help. Get your issue sent to your email every Friday!

WorldStart's Daily Deals

The very best deals on the Internet! Get a new set of incredible sales every day of the week!

Just For Grins

Clean jokes, funny quotes, and hilarious comics. Sent 5 times a week straight to your email.


Love Worldstart? Refer A Friend!

WorldStart's Premium Membership

Tip Archive