Reorder Shapes in PowerPoint 2013
Learn how to change the order of shapes and other slide objects in PowerPoint 2013.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
If your PowerPoint slide has umpteen shapes or slide objects, you may find that some of these objects are hidden or overlapped. Or you probably do not know if there are any objects hidden behind the large shape or picture on your slide? How can you tackle this issue? It's easy to solve this problem if you know how to work with the Reorder options. These Reorder options allow you to bring forward any shape or slide object so that it stays right on top of all other objects. Similarly, you can send any shape or slide object behind everything else on your slide.
The Reorder options can be accessed in several ways:
- Access the Home tab of the
Then click the Arrange button to summon the Arrange
drop-down gallery, as shown in Figure 1. All the options required
to reorder can bee seen highlighted in red within
Figure 1: Order Objects options let you reorder slide objects
- Alternatively, you can right-click a shape to access the same options from the contextual menu (shown later in Figure 3).
Follow these guidelines to use the Reorder options in PowerPoint 2013:
Bring to Front
- Make sure you have the shapes appropriately placed before using the Reorder
options. As you can see in Figure 2, the Triangle
shape is placed behind all the shapes.
Figure 2: Triangle shape is placed behind all the other shapes
- Select the shape you want to change the order for using either the
selection methods or the
Then carefully right click it to bring the contextual menu shown in
Figure 3. Thereafter, choose the Bring to Front | Bring to Front option, as shown in Figure 3. Alternatively you can select the Bring to Front option within the Arrange drop-down gallery of the Home tab in the Ribbon, as shown in Figure 1, above)
Figure 3: Bring to Front
- This will place the selected Triangle shape on top of all the slide
objects on the slide, as shown in Figure 4.
Figure 4: Triangle brought on top
Tip: The Selection pane also includes buttons that let you change the order of a selected shape or another slide object.
This option works just like the Bring to Front option explained in the preceding section -- the main difference is that this brings the selected shape one layer above its present order, rather than all the way to the top of the layer stack.
the shape you want to bring forward. Access the right click contextual menu, from the menu,
choose Bring to Front | Bring Forward, as shown in
Figure 5. Alternatively you can get this option from the
Home tab of the Ribbon as shown in Figure 1, earlier on this page.
Figure 5: Bring Forward option selected
- This moves the selected Triangle shape one layer up, as shown in
Figure 6. Now the triangle is moved in front of oval shape.
Figure 6: Triangle shape moved one layer up
Send to Back
This option sends the selected shape right at the back to be placed behind all objects on the slide.
- Make sure you have the shape appropriately placed before using the Reorder
options. As you can see Figure 7, the Oval shape
is placed on top of all the shapes.
Figure 7: Oval shape is placed on top of all the other shapes
the shape that you want to send back. Then carefully right click it to bring the contextual
menu shown in Figure 8. Thereafter, choose the Send to Back | Send to Back option, as shown in Figure 8. You can also access the same option from the Home tab of the Ribbon -- see Figure 1, above)
Figure 8: Send to Back option selected
- This will move the selected shape behind all the other slide objects on the slide, as
shown in Figure 9.
Figure 9: Oval moved behind all the shapes
This option orders any selected shape one layer back (or below) its existing position.
the shape you want to reorder. Right click to access the contextual menu and select the Send to Back | Send Backward, as shown in Figure 10. Or, access the same Send Backward option from the Home tab of the Ribbon.
Figure 10: Send Backward option selected
- This moves the selected shape one layer below the stack, as shown in
Figure 11: Oval shape moved one step back
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