Introduction

Video: Arranging Objects

Arranging ObjectsWatch the video (3:46). Need help?

In PowerPoint, each slide may have multiple items, such as pictures, shapes, and text boxes. You can arrange the objects the way you want by aligning, ordering, grouping, and rotating them in various ways.

Optional: Download our practice presentation.

Aligning objects

When you move objects in powerpoint, alignment guides and spacing guides will appear around the objects to help you align them. However, if you have many different objects on a slide, it may be difficult and time consuming to get them perfectly aligned. Luckily, powerpoint provides you with several alignment commands that allow you to easily arrange and position objects.

Arranging ObjectsThe alignment and spacing guides

To align two or more objects:

  1. Click and drag your mouse to form a selection box around the objects you want to align. The Format tab will appear.

    Arranging ObjectsSelecting multiple objects
  2. From the Format tab, click the Align command, then select Align Selected Objects.

    Arranging ObjectsChoosing Align Selected Objects
  3. Click the Align command again, then select one of the six alignment options.

    Arranging ObjectsChoosing an alignment option
  4. The objects will align based on the option you selected.

    Arranging ObjectsThe aligned objects

To align objects to the slide:

Sometimes you may want to align one or more objects to a specific location within the slide, such as at the top or bottom. You can do this by simply selecting the Align to Slide option before you align the objects.

  1. Click and drag your mouse to form a selection box around the objects you want to align.
  2. From the Format tab, click the Align command, then select Align to Slide.

    Arranging ObjectsSelecting Align to Slide
  3. Click the Align command again, then select one of the six alignment options.

    Arranging ObjectsAligning objects to the bottom of the slide
  4. The objects will align based on the option you selected.

    Arranging ObjectsThe aligned objects

To distribute objects evenly:

If you have arranged objects in a row or column, you may want them to be an equal distance from one another for a neater appearance. You can do this by distributing the objects horizontally or vertically.

  1. Click and drag your mouse to form a selection box around the objects you want to align.
  2. From the Format tab, click the Align command, then select Align to Slide or Align Selected Objects.

    Arranging ObjectsChoosing Align Selected Objects
  3. Click the Align command again, then select Distribute Horizontally or Distribute Vertically from the drop-down menu that appears.

    Arranging ObjectsChoosing a distribute option
  4. The objects will distribute evenly.

    Arranging ObjectsObjects distributed evenly
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Translate »