Select and Deselect Shapes in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
Learn how to select and deselect single and multiple shapes in PowerPoint 2010.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2010
OS: Windows 8, 7, Vista, and XP
Date Created: November 30th 2010
Last Updated: November 30th 2010
PowerPoint follows the process of selection, then action for any slide object on a slide. If you cannot select an object, then you can probably not modify it at all. Although this tutorial explains how you can select shapes on a slide, the process works the same way for any other slide object.
Select or Deselect a Single Shape
Just click a shape to select it. Figure
1 shows a single shape selected on the slide. To deselect the
shape, click anywhere on the slide other than the shape, or even
Ctrl-click (or Shift-click) on the selected shape.
Figure 1: A single shape selected
Select a Shape that's Behind Another Shape
To select a shape that's behind some other shape and not easily selected or visible, press the Tab key to rotate between all the shapes on the slide until the shape you want is selected. If you pressed Tab quickly and missed selecting a shape, you can press Shift Tab to reverse the entire tab selection process.
You can also use the Selection and Visibility task pane to select.
Select or Deselect Multiple Shapes
To select more than one shape, use any of these options:
- Click a shape to
select it and then Ctrl-click (or Shift+click) another shape
to select it -- repeat the same process to select more shapes on
the slide. Figure
two shapes has been selected.
Figure 2: Two shapes selected
Note: You can also use Shift+click to select the shapes, but the cursor won't show the "plus" sign (refer to Figure 2 above).
- Place your cursor on an area that has no selectable content, or even
click on an area outside the slide. Then click-drag to draw a
marquee with your cursor over the shapes you want to select, as
shown in Figure
This works best when the shapes you want to select are placed fairly
close to each other.
Figure 3: Draw a marquee over the shapes to select them
- Press Ctrl+A to select all the shapes on the slide then deselect
the shapes which you don't want to be the part of the selection.
To do that press Ctrl+click (or Shift+click) on selected shapes
to deselect them (see Figure 4). This works best if you have a slide
with many shapes and a title. Since Ctrl+A also selects the title,
you can thereafter deselect the title so that the selection is limited
to shapes on the slide.
Figure 4: A deselected shape
- You can use the Selection and Visibility task pane to make an accurate selection.
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