Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
An advantage of using the task pane is that you can adjust the scale of the object by a per-
centage. For example, you can shrink the object to 45 percent of its original size by chang-
ing its Scale Height and Scale Width values to 45 percent each. This feature is more useful
for photos than for drawn objects, but it works for all object types.
For imported objects only — such as photos, clip art, and so on — you can also set these
Relative to Original Picture Size. The measurements in the Scale Height and Scale
Width boxes refer to the original picture size if you select this option; otherwise,
they refer to the previous size of the picture.
Best Scale for Slide Show. When you select this option, PowerPoint adjusts the
picture size to match the resolution at which you show the presentation, as you
have speciﬁ ed in the Resolution drop-down list.
The Original Size section is also available only for imported objects. You can click the Reset
button in this section to reset the object back to the size that it was when you initially
placed it on the slide.
Arranging is another action that you can perform with all object types. For example, you
can specify an object’s position in relation to the slide or to other objects, change the
stacking order, rotate the object, group or merge it with other objects, and much more.
Rotating and Flipping Objects
Most objects display a circle at the top when you select them; this is called the rotation
handle . See Figure 9.15. You can drag it to rotate the object. This action is called free rota-
tion because there is no precise numeric measurement that is related to the amount of rota-
tion, although by holding down the Shift key while rotating, you can rotate the object by
You can also rotate an object by exactly 90 degrees. To do so, click the Rotate button on the
Format tab and select Rotate Right 90° or Rotate Left 90°, as shown in Figure 9.16.
On this same menu, you can also ﬂ ip an object either vertically or horizontally. Flipping
is different from rotating in that it creates a mirror image of the object, not just a rotated
To set a precise amount of rotation for an object, use the Rotation text box in the Format
Shape (or Format Picture) task pane, shown in Figure 9.14. Use the increment buttons to
increase or decrease the rotation amount, or enter a precise number of degrees.