Distribute Vertically

Click the Layout | Arrange | Align | Distribute Vertically command  to distribute three or more objects from top to bottom with equal spacing. The interior object or objects are aligned vertically between the outermost objects. This means the bounding box size does not change, and the top and bottom objects do not move, while the objects are arranged. Three or more objects must be selected to enable the Layout | Arrange | Align | Distribute Vertically command. 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 Vertically in the context menu to distribute the objects.

 

Distribute with Align to Margins

Click the Distribute Vertically command when Align to Margins is active to distribute two or more objects from top to bottom with equal spacing between the page margins. All objects are aligned vertically between the page margins. This means the bounding box size may change, and the top and bottom objects may move, while the objects are arranged. Two or more objects must be selected to enable the Layout | Arrange | Align | Distribute Vertically 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 vertically:

  1. Move the outside objects to the desired locations.

  2. Select the objects that are to be distributed, including the top and bottom objects.

  3. Click the Layout | Arrange | Align | Distribute Vertically 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 | Center command was used to align the objects in a column.

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

The Layout | Arrange | Align | Distribute Vertically command is clicked and the objects are now equally spaced from top to bottom.

 

 

See Also

Distribute Horizontally

Align

Align to Margins

Layout Tab Commands