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How to Tidy Up and Space Evenly Text in Canva

Spacing text evenly in Canva can help create professional and polished designs. With some simple tricks, you can align text and position elements perfectly in just a few clicks. This guide will walk you through the process step-by-step.


Canva is a popular graphic design tool that makes it easy for anyone to create beautiful designs, even if you don’t have design experience. However, precisely positioning and spacing elements on a Canva design can be tricky at first.

In this guide, you’ll learn how to:

  • Space text elements evenly vertically and horizontally
  • Align text to the left, right, or center
  • Move text forward and backward
  • Group text elements to move together

With these tips, you’ll be able to tidy up your text design and have it looking polished and professional.

Spacing Text Evenly Vertically

When you want text elements to have even spacing between the top and bottom of a design, use the “Space Evenly Vertically” option:

  1. Select the text elements you want to space by holding down the Shift key and clicking each one.
  2. Go to the “Position” tab in the toolbar.
  3. Click “Space Evenly” then select “Vertically.”
Spacing Text Evenly Vertically (1)

This will instantly space all selected elements evenly from top to bottom.

“Good design is as little design as possible.” – Dieter Rams

Spacing Text Evenly Horizontally

To evenly distribute text horizontally from left to right:

  1. Select the text elements.
  2. Go to “Position” and click “Space Evenly” then choose “Horizontally.”
Spacing Text Evenly Horizontally

The text will snap into place with even spacing between each element.

Aligning Text

You can also align text to the left, center or right within an area:

  1. Select the text you want to align.
  2. Go to “Position” and click “Align to page
  3. Choose “Left,” “Center,” “Right,” “Top,” Middle,” or “Bottom.”

This will line up your text neatly.

Moving Text Forward and Backward

When you have text layered on top of images or shapes, you may want to rearrange which element is in front or in back.

To move text forward or backward:

  1. Select the text element.
  2. Go to “Position” and choose “Forward” or “Backward.”

You can also use the shortcuts Ctrl + ] (forward) or Ctrl + [ (backward) on your keyboard.

Grouping Text Elements

If you have multiple text elements you want to move together as one unit, you can group them:

  1. Select all the text elements.
  2. Right click and choose “Group.”

This combines them so you can move, resize or reposition the text as one grouped object.

Learning from Canva’s Positioning Features

Expert Tip:

“Aligning elements properly adds a professional touch to designs.”
Graphic Design Expert

Now, let’s explore a table to summarize the text spacing techniques:

Vertical SpacingUtilize ‘Space Evenly Vertically’ to evenly space text vertically
Grouping Texts‘Group’ multiple text items for easier management
Layering Texts‘Position’ options to arrange texts in layers
Shortcut KeysCanva’s shortcuts for quick positioning


Spacing and aligning text properly gives your Canva designs a polished look. With the “Position” options, you can easily distribute text evenly, align it, move it forward/backward and group elements.

Remember these key points:

  • Use “Space Evenly Vertically/Horizontally” for even distribution.
  • Align text left, right or center.
  • Move text forward and backward.
  • Group text elements to combine them.

With practice, you’ll be able to create professional designs with perfectly arranged text every time.


How do I center a text box in Canva?

To center a text box, select it and go to “Position” then click “Center Horizontally” and “Center Vertically.”

How do I evenly space elements that are different sizes in Canva?

The “Space Evenly” options work best when elements are the same size. For different sized elements, you may need to manually arrange them by dragging and evenly estimating the spacing.

Can I evenly distribute more than text? Like shapes or images?

Yes, the spacing and aligning options work for any elements – text, shapes, icons, and images.

What’s the shortcut to send an element to the front or back?

Use Ctrl + ] to move forward and Ctrl + [ to move backward.

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Last modified: December 23, 2023

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