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Chapter 9. Tools for Precision > Aligning Objects

Aligning Objects

When selected, every object has handles that surround it. The handles also serve another purpose—they make an invisible rectangular boundary around objects. This boundary is used when aligning objects. When objects are aligned, they are lined up using a common boundary or page edge. For instance, if two objects are aligned on the left, the objects are aligned using each invisible left boundary.

To align objects:

1.
Select two or more objects (Figure 9.21).

Figure 9.21. Select two or more objects that you want to align.


2.
Choose Arrange > Align and Distribute or click the Align and Distribute button at the right end of the property bar.

The Align and Distribute dialog box opens (Figure 9.22) to the Align tab.

Figure 9.22. Check the horizontal and/or vertical alignment options that you want to apply.


3.
Select the type of alignment you want: horizontal or vertical. You can align the objects in two dimensions simultaneously or in just one dimension.

4.
Optional: To change the spacing between objects, click the Distribute tab (Figure 9.23). Select the desired horizontal and/or vertical distribution options.

Figure 9.23. Check the distribution options that you want to apply.


5.
Click the Preview button to see the results. (You may need to move the dialog box.)

6.
To accept the alignment, click OK. If you aren't satisfied, click Reset and try again.


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