Arranging Objects

In PowerPoint align objects so they look more appealing and use the PowerPoint order of objects feature to rearrange them how you want.

Grouping objects

Sometimes you may want to group multiple objects into one object so they will stay together if they are moved. Often, this is easier than selecting all of the objects every time you want to move them.

Pictures, shapes, clip art, and text boxes can all be grouped together, but placeholders cannot be grouped. Therefore, make sure not to insert your pictures into placeholders if you will be grouping the pictures.

To group objects:

  1. Click and drag your mouse to form a selection box around the objects you want to align. All of the objects will now have sizing handles to show that they are selected.
    Selecting multiple objectsSelecting multiple objects
  2. From the Format tab, click the Group command, then select Group.
    Grouping objectsGrouping objects
  3. The selected objects will now be grouped. There will be a single box with sizing handles around the entire group to show that they are one object.
    The grouped objectsThe grouped objects

If you select the objects and the Group command is disabled, it may be because one of the objects is inside a placeholder. If this happens, try reinserting the images or cutting and pasting them into the same slide outside of any placeholders.

To ungroup objects:

  1. Select the grouped object you want to ungroup.
  2. From the Format tab, click the Group command, then select Ungroup.
    Ungrouping objectsUngrouping objects
  3. The objects will be ungrouped.
    The ungrouped objectsThe ungrouped objects