Master Arranging Objects in 3 Minutes

PowerPoint 2016

You can easily arrange objects in PowerPoint 2016. In this Arrange Objects lesson, you'll quickly master how to change how objects appear in relation to one another, align objects, and how to distribute objects horizontally or vertically.

Arrange Objects

Align and Distribute

Slides that have objects scattered randomly around them look terrible. Aligning and distributing objects is a great way to perfectly line them up and space them out.

  1. Select two or more objects.

  2. On the Format tab, click Align Objects.

  3. Choose an alignment or distribution option.

    • Align Left/Center/Right
    • Align Top/Middle/Bottom
    • Distribute Horizontally
    • Distribute Vertically
    • Align to Slide
    • Align Selected Objects

Flip and Rotate

When you flip an object, you create a mirror image of it. PowerPoint allows you to flip an object horizontally or vertically. When you rotate an object, you turn it around its center. You can rotate objects in 90‚Äźdegree increments, or use the rotation handle to rotate an object manually.

  1. Select an object.

  2. On the Format tab, click the Rotate Objects button in the Arrange group.

  3. Choose an option.

    • Rotate Right 90 degrees
    • Rotate Left 90 degrees
    • Flip Vertical
    • Flip Horizontal

    Shortcut: Click and drag the rotation handle of any selected object.

Smart Guides

If they are enabled, Smart Guides will appear when you click and drag an object and it aligns with other elements on the slide.

  1. Click the View tab.

  2. Click the Dialog Box Launcher in the Show group.

  3. Make sure Display smart guides when shapes are aligned is turned on.

  4. Click OK.

  1. Click and drag an object until alignment guides appear.