Align Object in Adobe InDesign CS6
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You're watching VisiHow. In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to align objects in Adobe InDesign CS6 in Windows 7.
To begin, you should open Adobe InDesign either from your desktop or by coming down to the bottom-left corner and clicking the Windows icon. Clicking the Windows icon will bring up a list of your recently used programs.
You might see "Adobe InDesign CS6" on the list, in which case double click Adobe InDesign CS6. The application has a pink-and-purple icon with the letters "ID" on it.
Otherwise, click the search bar at the bottom of the screen and manually type "Adobe InDesign".
Then, click "Adobe InDesign CS6" to open it. A dialogue box will appear every time you open InDesign.
You can check the "Don't show again" box in the bottom-left corner to not show the box again.
From the dialogue box or by clicking "File" on the bar to the top-left of the window, you can create a new document. You can also do this with the shortcut "Ctrl" + "N". If you prefer, you can open an existing document as well. There are other VisiHow tutorials on how to do that. In this video, an existing document is clicked.
Before you proceed with aligning your shapes, click "Window" on the horizontal tool bar.
Move the cursor to "Object and Layout".
Ensure "Align" has been checked. If there is no check next to "Align", click it to check it or press "Shift" + "F7"on the keyboard.
We can drag the new panel to the right.
Next, before we do anything, click "Align" if the panel has been dragged to the right.
Click the "Align To" drop-down menu.
Ensure that "Align to Selection" is checked.
Select the objects that you want to align. Click the "Selection Tool" black arrow icon at the top of the vertical tool bar to the left.
Use the tool to select more than one object. In this video, three objects in a diagonal row have been selected.
In "Align", we have three horizontal alignment icons that we can click to align objects. Click the first icon to align objects to the left edge of the leftmost object.
Press "Ctrl" + "Z" to undo.
Then, click the central option. It will align the selected objects to the center of the selected area.
Press "Ctrl" + "Z" to undo.
Click the right option. The selected objects will go to the rightmost edge.
Press "Ctrl" + "Z" to undo. These were the horizontal options, and the vertical ones are similar.
Select some other shapes. Hold "Shift" to add objects to the selection. Otherwise, you can just use the arrow to draw a marquee.
The fourth option under "Align Object" will align objects to the topmost edge.
The fifth option will align objects to the central point.
The last will align objects to the bottommost edge. This will help with organizing text and image.
You can also click options under "Distribute Objects". This will realign objects within the selected area, which will affect the selected objects.
You can also click the options under "Distribute Spacing". This will help when finalizing or polishing documents.
This concludes our tutorial on how to align objects in Adobe InDesign CS6 in Windows 7. If you have any questions or comments regarding this video or the program used, then just add them to the comment section below. Thank you for choosing VisiHow!
Video: Align Object in Adobe InDesign CS6
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