Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Arranging Objects on
in Normal view.) To remove the gridlines, choose View Gridlines again to turn
off its checkmark.
Tip: Adjust grid spacing by selecting Home➝Arrange➝Align➝Grid Settings (Alt, JD, AA, G), and then
choosing the amount of space between lines in the grid.
PowerPoint lets you stack objects on top of each other. A common reason to do this
is to place text boxes on top of a picture—similar to the labels you see in this topic’s
illustrations. Or you might stack up images to have them appear on the slide, one by
one, using animation (see page 638 for more about animating objects).
When you add objects to a slide, the most recently inserted object goes on top,
obscuring the object behind it. You can reorder objects using the Home tab’s Arrange
button (Alt, H, G). Its options are also available in the Arrange sections of the Picture
Tools | Format tab (Alt, JP) and the Drawing Tools | Format tab (Alt, JD). Select the
object whose order you want to change, and then choose the option you want:
• Bring to Front moves the object to the top of a stack of objects, in front of all
• Send to Back moves the object to the bottom of the stack, behind all other objects.
• Bring Forward moves the object forward one place in the stack.
• Send Backward moves the object back one place in the stack.
Tip: To find and select an object in a stack, use the Selection and Visibility pane. Click an object and click its
Format contextual tab (such as Picture Tools | Format or Drawing Tools | Format). In the Arrange section, click
the Selection Pane button. The Selection and Visibility pane opens, listing all objects on the slide. Click any
object on the list to select it. In this pane, you can also rearrange the objects in a stack by selecting one and
using the up and down arrows to change its position; each click moves it one place up or down the stack.
If you don’t feel like opening the Selection and Visibility pane, you can cycle through the objects in a stack
by selecting one and then pressing the Tab key.
Grouping takes several separate objects and merges them into a single object. This
makes it easier to move objects on the slide, to keep objects in proportion when you
resize them, and to add animation effects to a group (page 638).
To group objects, select the objects you want to treat as one, and then select
Home ➝ Arrange ➝ Group (Alt, H, G, G). PowerPoint puts a single content box
around the objects you selected, making them into a single object. Now you can
work with that object in the same way you would any other object on a slide.