Move graphic objects smoothly in Word

Though you don't see it on the screen, Word 97 and Word 2000 superimpose an invisible grid on your page. All graphics objects automatically align themselves to this grid, which can sometimes make repositioning an object exactly where you want it a bit difficult.

But if you hold down while you click and drag an object, you override the grid settings and can place the object anywhere on the page.

You can also change such grid settings as horizontal and vertical sizing to suit your needs.

To do this, display the Drawing toolbar (if it's not already visible) by right-clicking any toolbar and selecting Drawing.

Click the Draw button on the toolbar, then select Grid from the pop-up menu.

This will display the Snap to Grid (Word 97) or Drawing Grid (Word 2000) dialogue box.

In this box you can change the settings for horizontal and vertical spacing, as well as for the horizontal and vertical origins of the grid (these control how close to the edge of a page you can position graphics).

In Word 2000, you can display the grid on your screen, to make aligning graphics objects even easier. The grid won't print.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

George Campbell

PC World
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Stocking Stuffer

Logitech Ultimate Ears Wonderboom Bluetooth Speaker

Learn more >

SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Bitdefender 2019

Shop safely with our award-winning security solution. Protect yourself this Black Friday and get the exclusive Black Friday discount for Bitdefender 2019!

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?