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Align and arrange objects on a slide

The added autoshapes, images, charts or text boxes can be aligned, grouped, ordered, distributed horizontally and vertically on a slide. To perform any of these actions, first select a separate object or several objects in the slide editing area. To select several objects, hold down the Ctrl key and left-click the necessary objects. To select a text box, click on its border, not the text within it. After that you can use either the icons at the Home tab of the top toolbar described below or the analogous options from the right-click menu.

Align objects

To align two or more selected objects,

  1. Click the Align shape Align shape icon icon at the Home tab of the top toolbar and select one of the following options:
    • Align to Slide to align objects relative to the edges of the slide,
    • Align Selected Objects (this option is selected by default) to align objects relative to each other,
  2. Click the Align shape Align shape icon icon once again and select the necessary alignment type from the list:
    • Align Left Align Left icon - to line up the objects horizontally by the left edge of the leftmost object/left edge of the slide,
    • Align Center Align Center icon - to line up the objects horizontally by their centers/center of the slide,
    • Align Right Align Right icon - to line up the objects horizontally by the right edge of the rightmost object/right edge of the slide,
    • Align Top Align Top icon - to line up the objects vertically by the top edge of the topmost object/top edge of the slide,
    • Align Middle Align Middle icon - to line up the objects vertically by their middles/middle of the slide,
    • Align Bottom Align Bottom icon - to line up the objects vertically by the bottom edge of the bottommost object/bottom edge of the slide.

Alternatively, you can right-click the selected objects, choose the Align option from the contextual menu and then use one of the available alignment options.

If you want to align a single object, it can be aligned relative to the edges of the slide. The Align to Slide option is selected by default in this case.

Distribute objects

To distribute three or more selected objects horizontally or vertically so that the equal distance appears between them,

  1. Click the Align shape Align shape icon icon at the Home tab of the top toolbar and select one of the following options:
    • Align to Slide to distribute objects between the edges of the slide,
    • Align Selected Objects (this option is selected by default) to distribute objects between two outermost selected objects,
  2. Click the Align shape Align shape icon icon once again and select the necessary distribution type from the list:
    • Distribute Horizontally Distribute Horizontally icon - to distribute objects evenly between the leftmost and rightmost selected objects/left and right edges of the slide.
    • Distribute Vertically Distribute Vertically icon - to distribute objects evenly between the topmost and bottommost selected objects/top and bottom edges of the slide.

Alternatively, you can right-click the selected objects, choose the Align option from the contextual menu and then use one of the available distribution options.

Note: the distribution options are disabled if you select less than three objects.

Group objects

To group two or more selected objects or ungroup them, click the Arrange shape Arrange shape icon icon at the Home tab of the top toolbar and select the necessary option from the list:

  • Group Group icon - to join several objects into a group so that they can be simultaneously rotated, moved, resized, aligned, arranged, copied, pasted, formatted like a single object.
  • Ungroup Ungroup icon - to ungroup the selected group of the previously joined objects.

Alternatively, you can right-click the selected objects, choose the Arrange option from the contextual menu and then use the Group or Ungroup option.

Note: the Group option is disabled if you select less than two objects. The Ungroup option is available only when a group of the previously joined objects is selected.

Arrange objects

To arrange the selected object(s) (i.e. to change their order when several objects overlap each other), click the Arrange shape Arrange shape icon icon at the Home tab of the top toolbar and select the necessary arrangement type from the list.

  • Bring To Foreground Bring To Foreground icon - to move the object(s) in front of all other objects,
  • Bring Forward Bring Forward icon - to move the selected object(s) by one level forward as related to other objects.
  • Send To Background Send To Background icon - to move the object(s) behind all other objects,
  • Send Backward Send Backward icon - to move the selected object(s) by one level backward as related to other objects.

Alternatively, you can right-click the selected object(s), choose the Arrange option from the contextual menu and then use one of the available arrangement options.

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