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Align Objects In Word 2013

Let’s have a look at how we can align objects in Word 2013. As an example, we’ll first of all insert three rectangles: click Insert > Shapes > Rectangle, and drag out a box in your Word document.

Insert Rectangle In Word 2013

Unfortunately, the rectangle tool does not remain active for your second box, so you will have to repeat the process and click Insert > Shapes > Rectangle, to drag out the second box. Try and vary the position of the rectangle in your document. Now drag out a third rectangle.

Now select all three rectangles by holding down ctrl as you click on them. Make sure you target them properly as you click; the cursor will change to display a ‘+’ to its right when you have targeted properly.

Three Rectangles

Once all rectangles are selected, click Page Layout > Align (to the right of the ribbon, in the Arrange group), and select Align Top.

Align Top In Word 2013

The rectangles are then neatly aligned to the level of the top one, like so:

Align Top Rectangles

Of course, you can align to any orientation, depending on your needs, including:

  • left
  • centre
  • right
  • top
  • middle
  • bottom

Although we used rectangles in this tutorial, the alignment process is pretty much the same whatever objects you insert into your document. Alignment operations like the ones we’ve performed here are often associated with grouping objects, so stay tuned for a tutorial on that.