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Aligning and spacing text in CorelDRAW

Process to align text horizontally

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1. Select the text object using the Pick tool.

2. In the Alignment area of the Paragraph formatting docker, choose an alignment option from the Horizontal list box.
    If the Paragraph formatting docker isn’t open, click Text Paragraph formatting.


• You can also align text horizontally by clicking the Horizontal alignment button on the property bar and choosing an alignment style from the list box. The property  
   bar displays the alignment icon corresponding with the current alignment style.

• To align selected paragraphs in a paragraph text frame, select them using the Text tool .

 

Process to align paragraph text vertically in a text frame

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To align paragraph text vertically in a text frame

1. Select the paragraph text.

2. In the Alignment area of the Paragraph formatting docker, choose an alignment option from the Vertical list box.

    If the Paragraph formatting docker isn’t open, click Text Paragraph formatting.

 

Process to align text to an object

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1. Hold down Shift, select the text, and then select the object.

2. Click Arrange Align and distribute Align and distribute.

3. Choose one of the following from the For text source objects use list box:

First line baseline — aligns the text with the baseline of the first line of text

Last line baseline — aligns the text with the baseline of the last line of text

Bounding box — aligns the text with its bounding box

4. Enable one of the following horizontal alignment check boxes:

Left

Right

Center

5. Enable one of the following vertical alignment check boxes:

Top

Bottom

Center

6. Click Apply.


• The object used to align the left, right, top, or bottom edges is determined by the order of creation or order of selection. If you marquee select the objects before you
   align them, the last object created will be used. If you select the objects one at a time the last object selected will be the reference point for aligning the others. If you’ve
   applied a linear transformation, such as rotation, to the text and are aligning with a baseline, the objects align with the baseline point of the starting edge of the text
   object.

• If you are aligning text objects to each other and have elected to align with the first line baseline or last line baseline, the vertical and horizontal alignment check boxes
   are grayed. The baseline points of the text objects are aligned to each other.


• You can also align objects by selecting them and clicking the Align and distribute button on the property bar.



Process to change the spacing of text

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1. Select the text.

2. In the Spacing area of the Paragraph formatting docker, type values in any of the boxes.
    If the Paragraph formatting docker isn’t open, click Text  Paragraph formatting.


• Character and word spacing can only be applied to entire paragraphs, or to an entire paragraph text frame or artistic text object. For information about adjusting
   character and word spacing for selected characters, see "To kern text."

• Values represent a percentage of the space character. The Character values range from -100 to 2000 percent. All other values range from 0 to 2000 percent.


• You can also change the spacing between words and characters proportionately by selecting the text object using the Shape tool and dragging the Interactive
   horizontal spacing
arrow in the bottom-right corner of the text object. Drag the Interactive vertical spacing arrow in the bottom-left corner of the text object to
   change the line spacing proportionately.
 

Process to kern text

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1. Select the characters using the Text tool.

If you’re applying kerning to two characters, you can position the Text tool cursor between them.

2. In the Character formatting docker, type a value in the Range kerning box.

If the Character formatting docker isn’t open, click Text  Character formatting.

 

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