Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Drawing a Complicated Picture
Layering problems are most obvious when objects have a fill color. If an
object has no fill color, objects behind it are allowed to show through. In this
case, the layering doesn’t matter much.
To bring an object to the top of another, you might have to use the Bring
Forward command several times. The reason is that even though the two
objects appear to be adjacent, other objects might occupy the layers
between them.
Line ’em up
Nothing looks more amateurish than objects dropped randomly on a slide
with no apparent concern for how they line up with each other. The Drawing
Tools tab includes an Align button that brings up a menu with the following
commands:
Align Left
Align Center
Align Right
Align Top
Align Middle
Align Bottom
Distribute Horizontally
Distribute Vertically
The first three commands (Align Left, Center, and Right) align items
horizontally; the next three commands (Align Top, Middle, and Bottom) align items
vertically.
You can also distribute several items so that they’re spaced evenly. Select
the items that you want to distribute, click the Draw button, choose Align or
Distribute, and then choose Distribute Horizontally or Distribute Vertically.
PowerPoint then adjusts the spacing of the objects that appear between the
two outermost objects selected.
Another quick way to align one item to another is to simply drag the first
item until it is close to the alignment you want. When the item reaches the
correct alignment, a magic guideline will appear to indicate that you have
found the correct alignment. If you release the mouse button while this magic
guideline is visible, the object will be snapped into alignment.
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