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Manipulate objects on a slide

You can resize, move, rotate different objects on a slide manually using the special handles. You can also specify the dimensions and position of some objects exactly using the right sidebar or Advanced Settings window.

Note: the list of keyboard shortcuts that can be used when working with objects is available here.

Resize objects

To change the autoshape/image/chart/table/text box size, drag small squares Square icon situated on the object edges. To maintain the original proportions of the selected object while resizing, hold down the Shift key and drag one of the corner icons.

Maintaining proportions

To specify the precise width and height of a chart, select it on a slide and use the Size section of the right sidebar that will be activated.

To specify the precise dimensions of an image or autoshape, right-click the necessary object on the slide and select the Image/Shape Advanced Settings option from the menu. Specify necessary values on the Size tab of the Advanced Settings window and press OK.

Reshape autoshapes

When modifying some shapes, for example Figured arrows or Callouts, the yellow diamond-shaped Yellow diamond icon icon is also available. It allows to adjust some aspects of the shape, for example, the length of the head of an arrow.

Reshaping autoshape

Move objects

To alter the autoshape/image/chart/table/text box position, use the Arrow icon that appears after hovering your mouse cursor over the object. Drag the object to the necessary position without releasing the mouse button. To move the object by the one-pixel increments, hold down the Ctrl key and use the keybord arrows. To move the object strictly horizontally/vertically and prevent it from moving in a perpendicular direction, hold down the Shift key when dragging.

To specify the precise position of an image, right-click it on a slide and select the Image Advanced Settings option from the menu. Specify necessary values in the Position section of the Advanced Settings window and press OK.

Rotate objects

To manually rotate an autoshape/image/text box, hover the mouse cursor over the rotation handle Rotation handle and drag it clockwise or counterclockwise. To constrain the rotation angle to 15 degree increments, hold down the Shift key while rotating.

To rotate the object by 90 degrees counterclockwise/clockwise or flip the object horizontally/vertically you can use the Rotation section of the right sidebar that will be activated once you select the necessary object. To open it, click the Shape settings Shape settings icon or the Image settings Image settings icon icon to the right. Click one of the buttons:

  • Rotate counterclockwise icon to rotate the object by 90 degrees counterclockwise
  • Rotate clockwise icon to rotate the object by 90 degrees clockwise
  • Flip horizontally icon to flip the object horizontally (left to right)
  • Flip vertically icon to flip the object vertically (upside down)

It's also possible to right-click the object, choose the Rotate option from the contextual menu and then use one of the available rotation options.

To rotate the object by an exactly specified angle, click the Show advanced settings link at the right sidebar and use the Rotation tab of the Advanced Settings window. Specify the necessary value measured in degrees in the Angle field and click OK.

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