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Important: Before aligning objects, the Wrap Text option for each object needs to be set to something other than In Line with Text. Right-click each object, select Wrap Text, and select an option from the menu.

Align a picture, shape, text box, SmartArt graphic, or WordArt

  1. Select an object (Press and hold Ctrl to select multiple objects).

  2. Do one of the following:

    • To align a picture, select Picture Format or Picture Tools > Format.

    • To align a shape, text box, or WordArt, select Shape Format or Drawing Tools > Format.

  3. In the Arrange group, select Align.

    Align button
  4. Choose one of the following:

    Important: If Align is unavailable, the Wrap Text option might to be set to In Line with Text. Right-click each object, select Wrap Text, and select a different wrapping option from the menu.

    • Align Left     To align the edges of the objects to the left.

    • Align Center     To align the objects vertically through their centers.

    • Align Right     To align the edges of the objects to the right.

    • Align Top     To align the top edges of the objects.

    • Align Middle     To align the objects horizontally through their middles.

    • Align Bottom     To align the bottom edges of the objects.

      Notes: 

      • When you align objects relative to each other by their edges, one of the objects remains stationary.

      • Align Middle aligns objects horizontally through the middles of the objects and Align Center aligns objects vertically through the centers of the objects. When you align objects relative to each other by their middles or centers, the objects are aligned along a horizontal or vertical line that represents the average of their original positions. No object necessarily remains stationary, and all of the objects might move.

      • Depending on the alignment option, objects might cover another object. If this happens, undo the alignment and move the objects to new positions before aligning again.

Arrange objects equal distances from each other

  1. Press and hold Ctrl to select at least three objects.

  2. To select objects that are hidden, stacked, or behind text, go to Home > Find and Select > Select Objects, and then draw a box over the objects.

  3. Do one of the following:

    • To align pictures equally, select Picture Format or Picture Tools > Align.

    • To align a shape, text box, or WordArt, select Shape Format or Drawing Tools > Align.

      Align button

  4. Choose one of the following:

    • Distribute Horizontally To center the objects horizontally.

    • Distribute Vertically To center the objects vertically.

Note: If text wrapping for an object is set to In Line with Text, Word can only align it in relation to the page or the margins. To change wrapping, Control + Click the object, point to Wrap Text, and then pick something other than In Line with Text. To learn more about text wrapping, see Control text wrapping around objects.

Align an object with other objects, the margins, or the page

  1. Hold down Shift and select the objects that you want to align.

  2. Select Shape Format or Picture Format. > Align.

    If you don't see Align on the Shape Format tab, select Arrange, and then choose Align.

    To align one or more objects that you have selected, click Align
  3. Choose one of the following:

    • Align to Page

    • Align to Margin

    • Align Selected Objects

  4. To choose whether the selected objects are aligned to the margins, the page, or relative to each other, select Align, and choose one of the following:

    • Align to Page

    • Align to Margin

    • Align Selected Objects

  5. Select Align again, and then choose the type of alignment from one of the three categories: Horizontal, Vertical, or Distribute.

    To align objects relative to one another, select Align Selected Objects.

Tip: After you have objects aligned as you want, you can move them while preserving their relative positions by defining them as a group. For help with using groups, see Group or ungroup shapes, pictures, or other objects.

Align an object with other objects, the margins, or the page

  1. Select the object.

  2. Select Format or Format Picture. > Align.

  3. Select one of the following options:

    • Align to Page

    • Align to Margin

    • Align Selected Objects

  4. Select Align again, and then choose the type of alignment that you want.

Align an object in relation to text

  1. Select the object.

  2. Select Format or Format Picture.

  3. Under Arrange, select Wrap Text, and then choose a style other than In Line with Text.

    Word Arrange group

  4. In the document, drag the object where you want it.

  5. To fine-tune the picture's position, under Arrange, select Position, and then choose More Layout Options.

  6. On the Position tab, select the options that you want for your horizontal and vertical anchors.

    Note: To make sure that the selected object moves up or down with the paragraph that it's anchored to, select Move object with text.

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