Positioning objects with precision

To position an object precisely in CorelDRAW, you must specify the horizontal and vertical coordinates of where to place it on the ruler. By default, you position an object according to its center anchor point, which is also the center of the object. You can reset the anchor point to position the object relative to a different set of coordinates. Note that this is different from moving an object, which involves relocating it a specified distance from its current position. For more information, see "Moving objects a specified distance" on page 272.

To position an object

1 Select the object with the Pick tool.

2 Open the Shape Edit flyout, and click the Free Transform tool.

3 Disable the Relative To Object button on the Property Bar. The button is disabled when it appears raised.

4 Type values in the X (horizontal) and Y (vertical) Object(s) Position boxes on the Property Bar.

5 Keep the cursor in the X or Y box, and press ENTER.

• You can also position an object by selecting it with the Pick tool and typing new values in the X and Y Object(s) Position boxes in the Property Bar. These values specify the coordinates of the new location where you want to place the object, relative to the origin (0,0 coordinates) of the rulers. Positive values move the object up and to the right; negative values move it down and to the left.

To position an object using a different anchor point

1 Select the object with the Pick tool.

2 Click Arrange, Transformation, and click the Position button.

3 Disable the Relative Position check box in the Transformation Docker.

4 Type values in the H (horizontal) and V (vertical) Position boxes to specify a new location in your drawing.

5 Enable an Anchor Point check box to assign an anchor point.

The check boxes correspond to the eight selection handles and the object's center.

6 Click the Apply button.

• When you disable the Relative Position check box in the Transformation Docker, the H and V boxes identify the ruler coordinates of the anchor point.

^ • You can use the ruler as a guide when you're specifying coordinates. You can place the ruler's point of origin (0,0) anywhere in your Drawing Window to help you reposition the selected object.

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