Click the position tab on the inspector. Then you can set the size and position of the object. The autosizing will affect the apperance of object also.
I put a small rectangle up in the top left corner, tight to the left and top edges. Every time I copy an object(s) I include that rectangle. Then I just click near the top left in the destination layout and paste. Delete the small rectangle, and everything is in the same place.
Note that if you copy the objects (and rectangle) from a Form View layout you have to jump everything 3 pixels to the right after pasting if the destination layout is List View.
Thanks to you both for your response.
I guess another approach is to duplicate the layout and delete what you don't need. Or create a template as the basis for all your layouts.