Distribute Horizontally

Click the Layout | Arrange | Align | Distribute Horizontally command to distribute three or more objects from left to right with equal spacing in their bounding box. The interior object or objects are aligned horizontally between the outermost objects. This means the bounding box size does not change, and the left and right objects do not move, while the objects are arranged. Three or more objects must be selected to enable the Layout | Arrange | Align | Distribute Horizontally command when Align to Margins is not active. If the objects must overlap to fit inside the bounding box, the objects are distributed with equal overlap. You can also right-click the selection and click Align Objects | Distribute Horizontally in the context menu to distribute the objects.

 

Distribute with Align to Margins

Click the Distribute Horizontally command when Align to Margins is active to distribute two or more objects from left to right with equal spacing between the page margins. All objects are aligned horizontally between the page margins. This means the bounding box size may change, and the left and right objects may move, while the objects are arranged. Two or more objects must be selected to enable the Layout | Arrange | Align | Distribute Horizontally command when Align to Margins is active. If the objects must overlap to fit inside the page margins, the objects are distributed with equal overlap.

 

Example

The following steps demonstrate how to distribute objects horizontally:

  1. Move the outside objects to the desired locations.

  2. Select the objects that are to be distributed, including the furthest left and furthest right objects.

  3. Click the Layout | Arrange | Align | Distribute Horizontally command.

The interior objects are arranged between the outer most objects with equal spacing.

 

Five objects are unevenly spaced. The circles are moved to the desired locations. The Layout | Arrange | Align | Middle command was used to align the objects in a row.

All five objects are selected before the Distribute Horizontally command is used.

The Layout | Arrange | Align | Distribute Horizontally command is clicked and the objects are now equally spaced from left to right.

 

 

See Also

Distribute Vertically

Align

Align to Margins

Layout Tab Commands