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

You may want to group multiple objects into one object so they will stay together if they are moved or resized. This is often easier than selecting all of the objects each time you want to move them.

Pictures, shapes, clip art, and text boxes can all be grouped together; however, placeholders cannot be grouped. If you will be grouping pictures, use one of the commands in the Images group on the Insert tab to insert pictures instead of the picture icon inside the placeholder.

Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013The Images group on the Insert tab

To group objects:

  1. Click and drag your mouse to form a selection box around the objects you want to group. The Format tab will appear.

    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Selecting multiple objects
  2. From the Format tab, click the Group command, then select Group.

    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Grouping 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 group. You can now move or resize all of the objects at once.

    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013The grouped objects

If you want to edit or move one of the objects in the group, double-click to select the object. You can then edit it or move it to the desired location.

Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Selecting an object within a group

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 by using the Pictures command on the Insert tab.

Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013The Pictures command

To ungroup objects:

  1. Select the grouped object you want to ungroup.
  2. From the Format tab, click the Group command, then select Ungroup.

    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Ungrouping objects
  3. The objects will be ungrouped.

    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013The ungrouped objects