Creating a Map Layout from Start to Finish - Grouping and Aligning Map Elements
- Get Into Layout View
- Page Orientation
- Print Preview
- Map Data
- Pan and Zoom Data
- Group and Align Elements (active tab)
- Map Credits/Date
- North Arrows
- Scale Text/Bars
- Titles, Subtitles, and Add. Text
Grouping and Aligning Map Elements in Layout View
In addition to using guide lines, another excellent way to insure the elements in your map's layout are neatly lined up are to use the align and grouping options. Align will align items to either the margins or each other while grouping items will create one larger item which contains several smaller items. However you line them up prior to grouping is how they will group together.
Let's look at how we'd group a text box that says "Map Scale:" with a dynamic scale text box.
Items can be aligned to the margins of the page, like if you wanted to center a title on a page, or to other items, like if you want to center an image to a rectangle you drew. To align items to the margins: