Distribute Objects in InDesign Creative Suite 5

You can distribute InDesign CS5 objects on the page to space them relative to the page or to each other in different ways. Let’s say you have objects whose centers are lined up but there’s a large gap between two of the images and a narrow gap between the other ones. In that case, you need to distribute the objects.

Here’s how to distribute objects in InDesign CS5:

  1. Select objects on a page that are neither aligned nor evenly distributed, by using the Selection tool while holding the Shift key.

    The objects are selected when you click each one. All objects you select will be aligned to each other on the page.

  2. If the Align panel isn’t open, choose Window→Object & Layout→Align.

    The Align panel opens.

  3. Click the Distribute Horizontal Centers button and then click the Align Vertical Centers button directly above it on the Align panel.

The selected objects are distributed evenly and aligned horizontally on the page.

Don’t forget about the cool Multiple Place feature: It lets you distribute and align on the fly! Try this handy option to place several images at one time:

  1. Choose File→Place.

  2. Press Ctrl (Windows) or Command (Mac), select multiple images, and then click the Open button.

  3. Before clicking to place the images, hold down Ctrl+Shift (Windows) or Command+Shift (Mac).

    The cursor appears as a grid.

    Place multiple images by holding down Ctrl+Shift (Windows) or Command+Shift (Mac) and dragging.
    Place multiple images by holding down Ctrl+Shift (Windows) or Command+Shift (Mac) and dragging.
  4. Click and drag to create the rectangle that you want your images aligned to and distributed within.

    The images are aligned and distributed automatically.

    Images are aligned and distributed automatically when placed.
    Images are aligned and distributed automatically when placed.
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