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Change Shape Layout

Rearrange Overlapping Shapes

change shape position1 change shape position2

To bring the selected shape forward one level, you can

  • Go to Home > Position and click Bring Forward
  • Press Ctrl + ] (right bracket)
  • Click Bring to Front > Bring Forward on the right-click context menu

To send the selected shape back one level, you can

  • Go to Home > Position and click Send Backward
  • Press Ctrl + [ (left bracket)
  • Click Send to Back > Send Backward on the right-click context menu

To bring the selected shape in front of all other shapes, you can

  • Go to Home > Position and click Bring to Front
  • Press Ctrl + Shift+ ] (right bracket)
  • Click Bring to Front > Bring to Front on the right-click context menu

To send the select shape behind all other shapes, you can

  • Go to Home > Position and click Send to Back
  • Press Ctrl + Shift + [ (left bracket)
  • Click Send to Back > Send to Back on the right-click context menu

Align Shapes

To align two or more shapes, you can

  1. Select the first shape which you want other shapes aligned with, then press Ctrl and click to choose other shapes
  2. The primary shape has a thick magenta outline and you can press Tab to switch the outline into other shapes
  3. Go to Home > Align and pick up the desired option of alignment
  4. align shapes on canvas

Tip: The Align command may be ineffective for connectors.

Distribute Shapes

To distribute shapes (three or more), you need to

  1. Select three or more shapes
  2. Go to Home > Align and choose a distribution option
  3. distribute shapes on canvas
    • For Vertical distribution, the boundaries are defined by the top and bottom shapes in the selection
    • For Horizontal distribution, the boundaries are defined by the leftmost and rightmost shapes in the selection

Tip: The Distribute command may be ineffective for connectors.

Group and Ungroup Shapes

To group shapes, select the shapes (two or more) you want to group, go to Home > Group and then click Group (or press Ctrl + G). Besides, right-click on the shapes and hit Group on the context menu.

To ungroup shapes, select the group, navigate to Home > Group > Ungroup, press Ctrl +Shift +U, or choose UnGroup on the right-click context menu.

group shapes on canvas

Match Shape Size

To make shapes keep in the same width, height, size or angle, you can

  1. Select the shapes (two or more)
  2. Navigate to Home > Size, and you will see the Same Size tab; the reference shape has a thick magenta border
  3. same size on canvas
  4. Select the desired options
    • Click Same Width same width icon to keep shapes in the same width with the reference shape
    • Click Same Height same height icon to keep shapes in the same height with the reference shape
    • Click Same Angle same angle icon to keep shapes in the same angle with the reference shape
    • Click Same Size same size icon to keep shapes in the same size with the reference shape
    • Note: The Same Size command will not affect connectors.

Center Shapes

To center a shape or shapes on the canvas, you can

  1. Unselect the shape(s);
  2. Right-click on the shape, choose Center on the context menu;
  3. If there is only one shape, then the shape will be moved to the center of the page
  4. If there are several shapes, these shapes will act as a group and the center point of the group will move to the center of the page