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Arranging Objects on a Slide
Arranging Objects on
a Slide
You can also use PowerPoint’s Shapes menu to create this kind of diagram. This
menu has lines, arrows, and flow chart shapes you can use to draw your own process
diagram. All you need to do is insert text boxes (page 548) and shapes (page 585)
and then move and format them as you wish.
Arranging Objects on a Slide
Once you’ve added text, images, a diagram, and maybe a shape or two to a slide,
things can get pretty crowded. You can arrange the objects on your slide by dragging
them around, but trying to position things just right can be frustrating. The Home
tab’s Arrange button (Alt, H, G) is perfect when you’re ready to align, order, or group
your objects.
Aligning Objects on a Slide
If the text and content boxes look scattered around the slide, select the objects you
want to line up, and then select Home Arrange Align (Alt, H, G, A). Depending on
the relative positions of the objects you’ve selected, you can choose from these options:
Align Left (L). This lines up the left borders of the selected objects’ boxes.
Align Center (C). Choose this option to line up objects along their vertical
centerlines.
Align Right (R). This lines up the right borders of the selected objects’ boxes.
Tip: You can also select any of these alignment options from the Picture Tools | Format tab (click
Arrange➝Align or press Alt, JO, AA) or the Drawing Tools | Format tab (click the Align button or press
Alt, JD, AA).
Align Top (T). This lines up the top borders of the selected objects’ boxes.
Align Middle (M). This option lines up objects along their horizontal centerlines.
Align Bottom (B). This lines up the bottom borders of the selected objects’ boxes.
Distribute Horizontally (H). Choose this option when you want to space
objects evenly from left to right on the slide.
Distribute Vertically (V). This option spaces objects evenly from top to bottom
on a slide.
Align to Slide (A). When you turn on this option, PowerPoint uses the slide’s
edges or exact center (depending on the kind of alignment you choose—left,
center, top, middle, and so on) to align objects.
Align Selected Objects (O). When you turn on this option, PowerPoint lines
up objects relative to one another on the slide.
View Gridlines (Alt, JD, AA, S). This overlays an evenly spaced grid on the
slide so that you can see how well the objects line up. (Gridlines are visible only
 
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