Managing objects

To select an object, click on it; to select multiple objects, hold down the [Shift] or [Ctrl] key and then click the other objects.

To change an object’s size, select it then drag the handles. Use the [Shift] key to keep the original proportions while resizing.

If the object you want to resize is surrounded by text and its wrapping is In Line with Text, Square, Tight, Through or Top and Bottom, when resizing the object you see an instant preview of the position of the text in relation to the resized object. For more details about an object’s wrapping, please see Changing an object’s wrapping further on in this chapter.

To move an object, point to it, then drag the object to its new position.

When moving an object, you see drawing gridlines which make it easier to align the object with the other objects, margins or text.


In the example above, you see two alignment guides: the horizontal line shows how the object is aligned with the shape to the left, while the vertical line shows how the object is aligned with the page.

To change an object’s shape, select it, point at the yellow handle images/IC-061.png then drag it to obtain the required shape.

The shape of some objects cannot be edited; for example rectangle and oval.

To give an object an exact size, open the Format tab, go to the Size group and specify the Shape Height images/13i95.png and Shape Width images/13i93.png.

The alignment guides can also be seen when resizing an object.

To manage the drawing gridlines, see Managing the alignment guides further on in this chapter.

To select, hide or show objects ...