Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Drawing a Complicated Picture
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Drawing a Complicated Picture
When you add more than one object to a slide, you might run into several
problems. What happens when the objects overlap? How do you line up
objects so that they don’t look like they were thrown at the slide from a
moving car? And how do you keep together objects that belong together?
The following sections show you how to use PowerPoint features to handle
overlapped objects and how to align and group objects.
Changing layers
Whenever you have more than one object on a slide, the potential exists for
objects to overlap one another. Like most drawing programs, PowerPoint
handles this problem by layering objects like a stack of plates. The first
object that you draw is at the bottom of the stack; the second object is on
top of the first; the third is atop the second object; and so on. If two objects
overlap, the one that’s at the highest layer wins; objects below it are partially
covered. (Note that PowerPoint’s layers aren’t nearly as powerful as layers in
other programs, such as Adobe Illustrator or AutoCAD. All they really do is
set the stacking order when objects are placed on top of one another.)
So far, so good — but what if you don’t remember to draw the objects in
the correct order? What if you draw a shape that you want to tuck behind
a shape that you’ve already drawn, or what if you want to bring an existing
shape to the top of the pecking order? No problem. PowerPoint enables you
to change the stacking order by moving objects toward the front or back so
that they overlap just the way you want.
The Drawing Tools tab provides two controls that let you move an object
forward or backward in the layer order:
Bring to Front: Brings the chosen object to the top of the stack. Note
that this button has a down arrow next to it. If you click this down
arrow, you reveal a menu with two subcommands: Bring to Front and
Bring Forward. The Bring Forward command moves the object just one
step closer to the top of the heap, whereas the Bring to Front command
moves the object all the way to the top.
Send to Back: Sends the chosen object to the back of the stack. Again,
this button has a down arrow next to it. You can click this down arrow
to access the Send Backward subcommand, which sends the object one
level down in the layer order.
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