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PowerPoint - Align and Arrange Object on Slides

If you have several objects on a PowerPoint slide, you can align and arrange your elements using guides to give your presentation a neat and polished look.

Turn on your guidelines

  1. Select View and then the bottom-right arrow near Guides.

  2. To turn on or double-check that your guidelines are on, make sure that Display smart guides when shapes are aligned is selected.

  3. Select OK.

Use guidelines

  1. Open Windows Explorer, browse to the images or objects you'd like to use, and then drag and drop them into your slides.

  2. To align and arrange your objects using guidelines:

    • Once you've set the size for one object, you can resize another by selecting and dragging it up or down until a guideline—a dotted red line—appears. This will help align objects at the top and bottom. You need to have at least two objects on the slide.

    • To space out your objects, select one and drag it until a red double-arrow line appears—this indicates that your object has been evenly spaced out. You need to have at least three objects on a slide.

    • To resize all objects at once, hold Shift and select all objects. Select a placeholder corner to slide, shrink, or enlarge your objects collectively.

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Keywords:powerpoint power point align arrange object slide presentation office 365   Doc ID:79398
Owner:John B.Group:New Mexico State University
Created:2018-01-17 14:48 MDTUpdated:2018-05-24 09:31 MDT
Sites:New Mexico State University
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