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How To Align Text Boxes In Canva (2 Easy Ways!)

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Ever get frustrated trying to line up multiple text boxes perfectly in your Canva designs?

I’ve totally been there!

No matter how I arrange them, the text boxes always end up scattered and unorganized.

But with the right canva inbuilt features, you can easily organize your text boxes in Canva in just a few clicks.

So, in this quick tutorial, I’ll show you how I use various Canva features to neatly align text boxes in Canva.

Let’s dive in!

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How To Align Text Boxes In Canva (Step By Step!)

Here are the steps that you can follow to align text boxes in Canva:

1. Open/Create a Design

Go to the Canva website and then log in or sign up to get directed to the Canva homepage.

From the Canva homepage, click on the ‘Create a Design’ button from the top right corner to get access to a new menu with various design types.

Now click on the design type that you want to work on to get redirected to the blank canvas.

open or create a design

Or if you want to align text boxes of an existing design then from the Canva homepage, look for the ‘Recent design’ section.

Then click on the thumbnail of the design that you want to continue editing and that design will open in the Canva editor.

Note: For this tutorial, I will be working on my past design.

2. Align The Text

Click on the text box that you want to align, and a top toolbar will appear in front of you.

Click on the ‘Alignment’ button from the top toolbar to perfectly align your text.

align your text box

Keep clicking on the ‘Alignment’ button to get access to various alignment options such as left-align, center-align, right-align, and justify.

  • Align To Left: This option aligns the text to the left
  • Align To Right: This option aligns the text to the right
  • Center Align: This will center align your text
  • Justify: This will even out both sides of the text box by adjusting the spaces between the words.

Stop clicking on the ‘Alignment’ button when you are satisfied with the alignment of the text in front of you.

3. Aligning Multiple Text Boxes

If you want to align multiple text boxes in Canva, firstly you have to select multiple text boxes on your design.

To select multiple text boxes, while pressing the ‘Shift’ key on your keyboard keep clicking on the text boxes.

Or while pressing the left button of your mouse, drag the cursor over the text boxes that you want to align.

Either way, a purple box will appear around the selected text elements.

Now click on the ‘Position’ button from the top toolbar to get access to a new menu on the left-hand side.

You will see various alignment options under the ‘Align Elements’ section in the new menu.

Align Multiple Text Boxes

Click on the name of the alignment in which you want your selected text elements to be.

For example, I want my text elements to have a ‘Center’ alignment, so I will click on the ‘Center’ button under the ‘Align Elements’ section.

You will see the text boxes will be centered with respect to each other.

You can also align a single text box with respect to the page just by clicking on the text box and then aligning it using the same method explained above.

But make sure if only a single text element is selected, it will be aligned with respect to the page or canva document.

4. Align The Text Using Rulers And Guides

You can also align and position the text using rulers and guides.

Click on the ‘File’ button from the top of the screen and then on the ‘View Settings’ button from the new menu.

click on file button

Now click on the ‘Show Rulers And Guides’ button or simply use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + R.

You will notice two rulers on your design, one on the top and another on the left side of the screen.

Drag the rulers to create lines or guides on your design.

Use those lines and guides, to easily align or position your text (refer to the screenshot below).

drag the ruler

Note: In the same way, you can keep dragging rulers and adding guides to your design to align the text properly.

use rulers to add guides 1

5. Save Your Design

Once you are done aligning your text boxes, click on the ‘Share’ button from the top right corner of the screen and then on the ‘Download’ button.

click on share button

Now download settings will open in front of you. Set your file type to either PNG or JPG for high-quality pictures.

download your design

Lastly, click on the ‘Download’ button again to start the downloading process.

FAQ- How To Align Text Boxes In Canva

Here are a few frequently asked questions to help you out:

How Do I Reshape A Text Box In Canva?

To reshape or resize a text box in Canva, click on the text box that you want to reshape. A boundary box will be created around the text element indicating that it is selected.

You will notice a few ‘Resizing’ handles around the boundary box. Drag those ‘Resizing’ handles inward or outwards to make your text element smaller or bigger in size.

You can use all the resizing handles to reshape or resize the text box from every side.

How Do I Stretch Text To Fill A Text Box In Canva?

There are two ways to stretch a text in Canva. Either resize the text element, while pressing the left button of your mouse drag the corner circles of the boundary box outwards to make the text bigger in size.

Or click on the ‘Spacing’ button from the top toolbar and drag the ‘Letter Spacing’ slider towards the right-hand side to give your text a stretch-like effect.

To know more in detail, go through our How To Stretch Text In Canva blog.

Wrapping Up

And that’s a wrap on aligning text boxes in Canva!

The key is using the alignment button, position button, and rulers and guides to align text boxes perfectly in Canva.

Make sure to share this blog with other Canva users as well who need help aligning their textboxes inside Canva!

Let me know in the comment section if you have any questions. I would love to help you out.

Thank You

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