Arranging Objects

In Word alignment, grouping, ordering, and rotating objects is possible. When using Word align text and order objects in various ways.

Ordering and rotating objects

In addition to aligning objects, Word gives you the ability to arrange objects in a specific order. The ordering is important when two or more objects overlap because it will determine which objects are in the front or the back.

Understanding levels

When objects are inserted into a document, they are placed on levels according to the order in which they were inserted into the document. In the image below, the table is on the top level, but we can change the level to put it behind the other objects.

Screenshot of Word 2013The top level

To change the ordering by one level:

In our example, we'll change the ordering so the table moves back by one level.

  1. Select an object. The Format tab will appear.


    Screenshot of Word 2013The selected object
  2. From the Format tab, click the Bring Forward or Send Backward command to change the object's ordering by one level. If the object overlaps with more than one other object, you may need to click the command several times to achieve the desired ordering. In our example, we'll select Send Backward.


    Screenshot of Word 2013Sending an object backward
  3. The objects will reorder. In our example, the table is now one level below the statue.


    Screenshot of Word 2013The reordered objects

If you have several objects placed on top of each other, it may be difficult to select an individual object. The Selection Pane allows you to easily drag an object to a new location. To access the Selection Pane, click Selection Pane on the Format tab.

Screenshot of Word 2013Arranging objects in the Selection Pane

To bring an object to the front or back:

If you want to move an object behind or in front of several objects, it's usually faster to bring it to front or send it to back instead of clicking the ordering commands multiple times.

  1. Select an object. The Format tab will appear.
  2. From the Format tab, click the Bring Forward or Send Backward drop-down box.
  3. From the drop-down menu, select Bring to Front or Send to Back.


    Screenshot of Word 2013Sending an object to the back
  4. The objects will reorder.


    Screenshot of Word 2013The reordered objects

To rotate an object:

  1. Select an object. The Format tab will appear.
  2. From the Format tab, click the Rotate command. A drop-down menu will appear.
  3. Select the desired rotation option.


    Screenshot of Word 2013Selecting a rotation option
  4. The object will rotate.


    Screenshot of Word 2013The rotated image