Aligning, distributing, and grouping graphics
Most of the time, you can just drag a graphic where you want it to be. However, you can arrange graphics more precisely when you need to. You can do the following:
- Align graphics with other graphics using the sides, middles, or top or bottom edges.
The images below show the same set of graphics before (top) and after (bottom) they have been left-aligned.
Before left-alignAfter left-align
- Arrange graphics so that they are equidistant from each other, distributing them either vertically or horizontally.
The two images below show the same set of graphics before (top) and after (bottom) they have been distributed.
Before distributeAfter distribute
- Group graphics together after they are arranged, allowing you to move them as a group and maintain their alignment.
- Click the Select Elements tool on the Draw toolbar and click the graphics you want to modify.
Click Drawing on the Draw toolbar and choose how you want to arrange or group the graphics.
Then click the alignment you want:
- Align to Margins
- Align Left
- Align Center
- Align Right
- Align Top
- Align Vertical Center
- Align Bottom
Then click the distribution method you want:
Note:The graphics are distributed with equal spacing between the centroid of each graphic.
- Distribute Horizontally
- Distribute Vertically
- Make Same Size
- Make Same Width
- Make Same Height
- Fit to Margins
- Fit Width to Margins
- Fit Height to Margins
The individual graphics now form a group.Note:You can also group graphics that are already grouped.
Each graphic formerly in the group is now independent.