Working with Shapes and Objects

Use Publisher 2010 shapes and objects to design your publication. Also learn how to navigate the Publisher 2010 objects toolbar.

Arranging objects

Video: Arranging Objects in Publisher 2010

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Publisher offers a number of tools to help you arrange and order your objects. These tools work for any object, and they can help you lay out your pages quickly and precisely.

Aligning

You can click and drag objects to align them manually, but this can be difficult and time consuming. Publisher includes several commands that allow you to align your objects quickly and precisely. Objects can be aligned to each other or to the page.

To align two or more objects:

  1. Click and drag your mouse to form a selection box around the objects you want to align. All of the objects will now have sizing handles to show that they are selected.
    Selecting multiple objectsSelecting multiple objects
  2. Click the Format tab, then locate the Arrange group.
  3. Click the Align drop-down command.
    The Align drop-down commandThe Align drop-down command
  4. Select one of the six alignment options.
    Alignment optionsAlignment options
  5. The objects will align to each other based on the option you have selected.
    The objects, now alignedThe objects are now aligned

Another way to select multiple objects at once is to simply hold down the shift key and click each object you wish to select.

Hold down the shift key to select multiple objects at onceSelecting multiple objects at once

To align objects to the page:

  1. Select the object or objects you want to align.
  2. Click the Format tab, then locate the Arrange group.
  3. Click the Align drop-down command.
    The Align drop-down commandThe Align drop-down command
  4. From the drop-down list that appears, select Relative to Margin Guides.
    Choosing to align to the page marginsChoosing to align to the page margins
  5. Select one of the six alignment options.
    Alignment optionsAlignment options
  6. The objects will align to the page based on the option you have selected.
    The object, now aligned to the middle of the pageThe object, now aligned to the middle of the page

Distributing objects evenly

If you have arranged objects in a row or column, you may want them to be an equal distance from one another for a neater appearance. You can do this by distributing the objects horizontally or vertically.

To distribute objects:

  1. Select the objects you want to align.
  2. Click the Format tab, then locate the Arrange group.
  3. Click the Align drop-down command.
    The Align drop-down commandThe Align drop-down command
  4. From the drop-down menu that appears, select Distribute Horizontally or Distribute Vertically.
    Distribution optionsDistribution options
  5. The objects will be distributed evenly.
    The objects, now distributed evenlyThe objects, now distributed evenly