I'm trying to align the arrow to the bird nest vertically such that they share the same center horizontal line. How can I do this? enter image description here

  • I am not a Word user, but are you able to turn each into a like-size cell, with the content vertically centred, and then have the bird's nest in the left cell, with the arrow in the right cell? Obviously this will also depend very much on the white space in each image, and you might also have to rotate the arrow before entering it into a table. – 9A4Sc6GW4LkvRD May 13 '18 at 1:32
  • No problem, - bearing in mind the 'fun' I had with Word before I defected to OpenOffice Writer, I am pleased and absolutely amazed... =] ... – 9A4Sc6GW4LkvRD May 13 '18 at 1:47

One advantage of using the following approach instead of a table is that the images can overlap.

Click one image, and then hold down the Shift key while you click the other. Then, on the Picture Tools > Format tab, in the Arrange group, click Align > Align Middle.

I believe that the Shift-click approach to multi-selection works only if the Position setting of both images is something other than In Line with Text. At any rate, you may sometimes find that you just can't select both images as described above. In that case, check the Position settings. Alternatively, insert a drawing canvas on the page (on the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, click Shapes > New Drawing Canvas) and then insert your images onto the canvas. You should then be able to select both images and click Align > Align Middle.

(Here, inserting a drawing canvas amounts to the more or less the same thing as changing the Position settings, because the objects on a drawing canvas aren't positioned in line with text.)

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  • Thank you! I wasn't able to select two images at once for some reason but the drawing canvas method worked. – user3776081 May 14 '18 at 13:35

I ended up creating a table and centering the contents. It worked perfectly.

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