Keynote for Mac: Position and align objects

Position and align objects

You can align multiple objects relative to one another, or specify an object’s location using its x and y coordinates.

Align an object using x and y coordinates

  1. Select an object, then in the Format  sidebar, click the Arrange tab.

  2. Enter x and y values in the Position fields.

    The x value is measured from the slide’s left edge to the object’s upper-left corner.

    The y value is measured from the slide’s top edge to the object’s upper-left corner.

When you drag an object, its x and y coordinates are displayed.

Move an object incrementally

  • Select an object, then do the following:

    • Move an object one point: Press an arrow key.

    • Move an object ten points: Hold down the Shift key while you press an arrow key.

Tip: You can select multiple objects, then move them at the same time.

Align objects vertically or horizontally

You can align objects so they line up along a vertical or horizontal axis.

  1. Select an object, or Shift-click to select multiple objects.

  2. In the Format  sidebar, click the Arrange tab.

  3. Click the Align pop-up menu, then choose an option.

    If one object is selected, it aligns to the slide. If two or more objects are selected, the objects align to the object most in the direction you selected. For instance, if you align three objects to the left, the leftmost object doesn’t move, and the other objects align to it.

Equally space objects

You can position objects so there is equal spacing between them on a horizontal or vertical axis, or on both axes.

  1. Shift-click to select three or more objects.

  2. In the Format  sidebar, click the Arrange tab.

  3. Click the Distribute pop-up menu, then choose an option:

    • Evenly: Objects are spaced equally along both horizontal and vertical axes.

    • Horizontally: Objects are spaced equally along a horizontal axis.

    • Vertically: Objects are spaced equally along a vertical axis.

Tip: You can open the Arrange controls in a separate window that you can move anywhere. Choose View > Show Arrange Tools (from the View menu at the top of your screen).

Published Date: Apr 3, 2019
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