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Align and Distribute Objects

Aligning and distributing objects is extremely important when you have several things in a row that should match up perfectly and need to be spaced properly. Jagged alignment and distribution leads to poor quality and an "amateur" look. Here are some simple steps on how you can align and distribute objects:

Step 1: Have Your Objects

Place your objects or text boxes into the presentation so you have objects to work with. Many times, PowerPoint will give you guides that will align your objects for you, but those aren't always correct and can be misconstrued when there are several things on the slide. For this example, we'll align circles along the bottom of our presentation.

Step 2: Select the "Arrange" Tool

As you can see, the circles on the bottom the slide aren't centered or equally spaced out. First, we'll align the objects so that the middles of the circles all match up perfectly. Highlight all of your objects, select the "Arrange" tool, open "Align or Distribute," and select "Align Middle."

Step 3: Distribute the Objects

You'll see that all of the circles are now perfectly aligned in the middle, but still aren't quite distributed nicely across the bottom. Next, select all of your objects again, go back to "Arrange," hover on "Align or Distribute," and this time select "Distribute Horizontally." If you had objects stacked on top of each other, then you would use "Distribute Vertically.

Step 4: Move Group of Objects Accordingly

Now that you have the objects aligned, you can move them to wherever you'd like and make them centered on the slide. You now know how to align and distribute your objects!

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