PowerPoint Tip - Let's keep things nice and tidy in PowerPoint...

PowerPoint can be a fun program to use, but it can also be frustrating.  For example, when you’re trying to drag shapes to a slide and place them near to each other, but you can’t quite get them to line up. Or, you want a single picture or shape to align itself neatly on the slide.  If this is a problem you’ve encountered, then you’ll be pleased to know that it doesn’t have to be so painful…

Aligning a single shape or picture

  •  Select the shape/picture
  • On the format ribbon, click the Align icon

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Make sure the Align to Slide option is selected:

Align Left This will place the shape on the left edge of the slide
Align Centre This will place the shape in the middle and centre of the   slide, vertically
Align Right This will place the shape on the right edge of the slide
Align Top This will place the shape on the top of the slide
Align Middle This will place the shape in the centre of the slide   horizontally
Align Bottom This will place the shape on the bottom of the slide

Aligning shapes with each other

  • Select all the shapes (use your Shift key when clicking)
  • From the format menu, select Align

For shapes placed vertically:

Align Left The shapes will all align with the left point of the left-most   shape
Align Centre This will calculate the centre of all the objects and   align each shape vertically along their centres
Align Right The shapes will align with the right point of the right-most   shape
   

For shapes placed horizontally:

Align Top The shapes will align with the top point of the top-most   shape
Align Middle This will calculate the middle point of all objects and   align each shape horizontally along their middles
Align Bottom The shapes will align with the bottom point of the bottom-most   shape
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