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How to Arrange and Align Elements in PowerPoint

How to Arrange and Align Elements in PowerPoint | Quick Tips & Tutorial for your presentations

Images, icons, text boxes and shapes constitute the elements of the slides in a presentation. Keeping them properly aligned and arranged will help you grab your audience’s attention and convey your message in an effective manner. In this tutorial, we’ll teach you step by step how to arrange and align the elements in PowerPoint.

Aligning an Object

  • Open your PowerPoint presentation.
  • Select the object you want to align.
  • Drag it around on the slide. You’ll see some little lines—these are the guides, which you can use as a reference to align the selected object with respect to the other elements on the slide.
Using the guides
Using the guides

Aligning Two or More Objects

  • Open your PowerPoint presentation and select multiple objects. To do this, click an object, hold Shift and then click other elements to add them to the selection.
Selecting multiple objects
Selecting multiple objects
  • Once you’ve selected them, go to the Home tab and click Arrange → Align → Align Selected Objects. This way, the elements will be aligned taking their own positions into account.
Align Selected Objects option
Align Selected Objects option
  • Go back to Arrange → Align.
  • You’ll see different options to choose from:

Align Left: The selected objects will be aligned to the left side. 

Aligning to the left
Aligning to the left

Align Center: The selected objects will be vertically centered.

Aligning to the center
Aligning to the center

Align Right: The selected objects will be aligned to the right side.

Aligning to the right
Aligning to the right

Align Top: The selected objects will be aligned to the top.

Aligning to the top
Aligning to the top

Align Middle: The selected elements will be horizontally centered to the slide.

Aligning to the middle
Aligning to the middle

Align Bottom: The selected elements will be aligned to the bottom.

Aligning to the bottom
Aligning to the bottom

You’ll find the same options in the Align drop-down menu, which is in the Arrange group, on the Shape Format tab (please note that this tab won’t appear unless you select the objects first). 

Align options
Align options

Aligning Two or More Objects to the Slide

  • Open your PowerPoint presentation.
  • Select multiple objects. To do so, click any object, hold Shift and then click other elements to add them to the selection.
Selecting multiple objects
Selecting multiple objects
  • Once you’ve selected them, go to the Home tab and click Arrange → Align → Align to Slide.
Align to Slide option
Align to Slide option
  • Go back to Arrange → Align. You’ll see different options to choose from:  
    Align Left: The selected objects will be aligned to the left side of the slide.
Aligning to the left
Aligning to the left

Align Center: The selected objects will be vertically centered to the slide.

Aligning to the center
Aligning to the center

Align Right: The selected objects will be aligned to the right side of the slide.

Aligning to the right
Aligning to the right

Align Top: The selected elements will be aligned to the top part of the slide.

Aligning to the top
Aligning to the top

Align Middle: The selected elements will be horizontally centered to the slide.

Aligning to the middle
Aligning to the middle

Align Bottom: The selected elements will be aligned to the bottom part of the slide.

Aligning to the bottom
Aligning to the bottom

You’ll find the same options in the Align drop-down menu, which is in the Arrange group, on the Shape Format tab (please note that this tab won’t appear unless you select the objects first).

Align options
Align options

Distributing Selected Objects

  • Open your PowerPoint presentation and select multiple elements. To do so, hold Shift while clicking each object.
Selecting multiple objects
Selecting multiple objects
  • Once you’ve selected them, go to the Home tab and click Arrange → Align → Align Selected Objects. This way, the objects will be distributed taking their own positions into account.
Align Selected Objects option
Align Selected Objects option
  • Go back to Arrange → Align. If you now choose Distribute Horizontally, the selected objects will be evenly distributed horizontally.
Distributing horizontally
Distributing horizontally
  • If you choose Distribute Vertically, the selected objects will be evenly distributed vertically.
Distributing vertically
Distributing vertically

You’ll find the same options in the Align drop-down menu, which is in the Arrange group, on the Shape Format tab (please note that this tab won’t appear unless you select the objects first).

Align options
Align options

Distributing Objects to the Slide

  • Open your PowerPoint presentation.
  • Select two or more elements. To do so, hold Shift while clicking each one of them.
Selecting multiple objects
Selecting multiple objects
  • Once you’ve selected them, go to the Home tab and click Arrange → Align → Align to Slide. This way, the selected elements will be distributed on the entire slide.
Align to Slide option
Align to Slide option
  • Go back to Arrange → Align. If you choose Distribute Horizontally, the selected objects will be evenly distributed horizontally.
Distributing horizontally
Distributing horizontally
  • If you choose Distribute Vertically, the selected objects will be evenly distributed vertically.
Distributing vertically
Distributing vertically
  • You’ll find the same options in the Align drop-down menu, which is in the Arrange group, on the Shape Format tab (please note that this tab won’t appear unless you select the objects first).
Align options
Align options

Arranging an Object

  • Open your PowerPoint presentation.
  • Select an object.
  • Go to the Home tab and click the Arrange drop-down arrow.
  • If you choose Bring to Front, the object will be placed top of the others.
Bring to Front option
Bring to Front option
  • If you choose Send to Back, the selected object will be behind all the other elements.
Send to Back option
Send to Back option
  • If you choose Bring Forward, the selected object will go up one layer, which means it will be on top of all the elements that are placed on lower levels.
Bring Forward option
Bring Forward option
  • If you choose Send Backward, the selected object will go down one layer, which means it will be behind all the elements that are placed on higher levels.
Send Backward option
Send Backward option

You’ll find the same options in the Align drop-down menu, which is in the Arrange group, on the Shape Format tab (please note that this tab won’t appear unless you select the objects first).

Align options
Align options

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