There are 5 main ways to align objects in BioRender to make sure that everything on your canvas is perfectly spaced. This can be done by using the ruler and guidelines.

Grid lines

In order to view the grid overlay:

  1. Click the grid button on the right tool bar on your canvas page

  2. Click the "+" or "-" buttons to increase or decrease size of grid

  3. Align objects using the grid paper


  1. Click the ruler button on the right tool bar on your canvas page

  2. Once ruler is visible around canvas, click on the ruler to lay down guidelines

  3. Align objects on canvas using guidelines

  4. To remove guidelines, right click on the guideline and select delete guideline

Enable Alignment Feature

  1. Click View from the top tool bar on your canvas

  2. Select "Enable Alignment"

  3. When moving objects, you will see purple lines showing distance between objects and red lines for alignment

Align/Distribute Tool

To align objects horizontally or vertically:

  1. Select all objects/icons you would like to align

  2. Click Align from the top toolbar on your canvas page

  3. Select how you would like to align objects

To adjust spacing between objects evenly:

  1. Select the collection of objects you wish to adjust by either:

    a) Clicking and dragging across objects to select them, or
    b) Holding Shift and click on each object to add it to the selection.

  2. Select one of the Distribute functions (center vertical, center horizontal, edge vertical, edge horizontal).

Check out our video in our Learning Hub on aligning and distributing objects!

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