Reorder Slide Objects in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Learn how to change the order of shapes and other slide objects in PowerPoint 2011.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2011
OS: Mac OS X
Date Created: December 12th 2011
Last Updated: December 12th 2011
If you have many shapes and other slide objects placed one above the other on your PowerPoint slide, you'll find that some shapes or slide objects may be hidden or overlapped. In this scenario, you can use the options within the Arrange gallery to bring shapes or slide objects right on top of all others, or even send them behind everything else on your slide.
To access the order options, select the Home tab of the Ribbon. Within the
Format group, click the Arrange button to summon the Arrange gallery,
as shown in Figure
All the order options can bee seen highlighted in red
Figure 1: Order options let you send shapes and other slide objects back or forward
Alternatively, you can right-click a shape to access the order options from the contextual menu (shown later in Figure 3). Follow these guidelines to learn how to use the order options in PowerPoint 2011:
Bring to Front
- Open your PowerPoint presentation and navigate to the slide which contains the shapes you want to reorder. Make sure you have the shapes appropriately placed before using the order
options. As you can see Figure 2, the triangle shape is
placed behind all other shapes.
Figure 2: Triangle shape is placed behind all other shapes
- Select the shape you want to change the order for (we selected the triangle shape). Then
carefully right-click the shape to bring up the contextual menu shown in Figure
3 (or access the same option from the Home tab of the Ribbon -- see Figure 1 above).
From either of the menus, choose the Arrange | Bring to Front option (see Figure 3).
Figure 3: Bring to Front places the selected object right above all other shapes
- This will place the selected triangle shape on top of all
the slide objects on the slide, as shown in Figure
Figure 4: Triangle brought on top
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.
- Select the
shape you want to bring forward. Use the right-click contextual
menu (as shown in Figure 5), or Arrange gallery
from the Home tab of the Ribbon (refer to Figure 1 above). From the resultant menu, choose the Arrange | Bring Forward option (see Figure 5 again).
Figure 5: Bring Forward option to be selected to bring the selected shape one layer above
- This moves the selected shape one layer up, as shown
6. Now the triangle is moved in front of the pentagon shape.
Figure 6: Triangle shape moved one layer up
Send to Back
This option moves the selected shape to behind all other slide objects on the slide.
- Select the
shape that you want to send back, as shown in Figure 7.
Figure 7: Shape to be sent back selected
- Access the right-click contextual
menu as shown in Figure 8, or the Arrange gallery within the Home tab of the Ribbon (refer to Figure 1 above). Choose the Arrange | Send to Back option (see Figure 8 again).
Figure 8: Send to Back option sends selected shapes behind all other overlapping slide objects
- This will move the selected triangle shape behind all the other slide objects
on the slide, as shown in Figure 9. Compare it with Figure 7 to see the difference.
Figure 9: Triangle moved behind all other slide objects
This option sends any selected shape one layer backwards (or below its existing position).
- Select the
shape you want to reorder. Right-click to access the contextual
menu as shown in Figure 10. Or, access the Arrange gallery from the Home tab of the Ribbon (refer to Figure 1 above). Choose the Arrange | Send Backward option (see Figure 10 again).
Figure 10: Send Backward option sends the selected shape one layer below
- This moves the selected triangle shape one layer below within the stack,
as shown in Figure
11. Compare with Figure 7 to see the difference.
Figure 11: Triangle shape moved one step back
- Save your presentation often.
If you liked this tutorial, do look at this book, authored by Geetesh Bajaj and James Gordon.
This book is the single most comprehensive content for Microsoft's latest Office suite offering for Mac users.
Check the book on Amazon.com...