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Here is a nice little workaround when you want to align multiple objects to a specific object on the page. So for example, I want to align all these four objects here to the top of item number 1. So if I go ahead and select these four by dragging across them, the default Align To option is to Selection, and that's a relative setting. So if I chose the Align Top button right now, that's going to align these four objects to the topmost object in the selection, which would be number 2. But that's not what I wanted. I wanted the objects all aligned to the top of item number 1.
So how do I do that? Well, it's kind of not necessarily intuitive, but I am going to go ahead and click on object number 1 first, and I am going to lock it. If you remember the Lock command under the Object menu is Lock Position, which means you can't move the object. So if you are trying to align a bunch of selected objects and one of them is locked, by default they have to align to the locked object. Kind of clever, huh? So we are going to choose Lock Position. We will go select these four objects now and we will choose the Align Top option and there you have it, all four of them aligned to that locked object.
Then when you are done, you can go back up to the Object menu and say Unlock Position, and you are right back where you started in terms of things being unlocked, and you can go about doing what you were going to do.
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