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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 1. All the order options can bee seen highlighted in red in Figure 1.

Order options let you send shapes and slide objects back or forward
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

  1. 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.

    Triangle shape is placed behind all other shapes
    Figure 2:
    Triangle shape is placed behind all other shapes

  2. 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).

    Bring to Front places the selected object right above all other shapes
    Figure 3:
    Bring to Front places the selected object right above all other shapes

  3. This will place the selected triangle shape on top of all the slide objects on the slide, as shown in Figure 4.

    Triangle brought on top
    Figure 4:
    Triangle brought on top

Bring Forward

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.

  1. 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).

    Bring Forward option to be selected to bring the selected shape one layer above
    Figure 5:
    Bring Forward option to be selected to bring the selected shape one layer above

  2. This moves the selected shape one layer up, as shown in Figure 6. Now the triangle is moved in front of the pentagon shape.
    Triangle shape moved one layer up
    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.

  1. Select the shape that you want to send back, as shown in Figure 7.
    Shape to be sent back selected
    Figure 7:
    Shape to be sent back selected

  2. 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).
    Send to Back option sends selected shapes behind all other overlapping slide objects
    Figure 8:
    Send to Back option sends selected shapes behind all other overlapping slide objects

  3. 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.
    Triangle moved behind all other slide objects
    Figure 9:
    Triangle moved behind all other slide objects

Send Backward

This option sends any selected shape one layer backwards (or below its existing position).

  1. 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).

    Send Backward option sends the selected shape one layer below
    Figure 10:
    Send Backward option sends the selected shape one layer below

  2. 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.
    Triangle shape moved one step back
    Figure 11:
    Triangle shape moved one step back

  3. Save your presentation often.

See Also:

Reorder Shapes in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Reorder Shapes in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

 

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