Aligning, Ordering, and Grouping 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; 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.

The Images group on the Insert tab

To group objects:

  1. Select the objects you want to align. To select multiple objects at once, hold the Shift key while you click. The Format tab will appear.
    Selecting multiple objects
  2. From the Format tab, click the Group command, then select Group.
    Grouping 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.
    The 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.

Selecting 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.

The Pictures command

To ungroup objects:

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