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Align Shapes to Center of Slide in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Learn how to center a shape on a PowerPoint 2010 for Windows. This technique combines two commands to achieve the centering.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows XP and higher






We already showed how you can align shapes in PowerPoint 2010. However for alignment to work, you need to have more than one shape (or any other slide object) selected so that they can align to each other. However, you may want to align just one shape (or even a group of shapes) to the exact center of the slide. Fortunately, that is easy as explained in these steps in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows:

  1. Select the shape (or a group of shapes) placed on the slide, as shown in Figure 1.
  2. Shape on the PowerPoint slide
    Figure 1: Shape on the PowerPoint slide
  3. Access the Home tab of the Ribbon, and within the Drawing group, click the Arrange button to bring up the gallery that you can see in Figure 2. Click the Align option to bring up the Align sub-gallery (see Figure 2 again), and make sure that the Align to Slide option is selected.
  4. Align to Slide option selected in the Align subgallery
    Figure 2: Align to Slide option selected in the Align sub gallery
  5. With the Align to Slide option selected, click both the Align Center and the Align Middle options one after the other.
  6. This will position the shape to the exact center of the slide, as shown in Figure 3.
  7. Shape centered to the slide
    Figure 3: Shape centered to the slide
Tip: If you need to center several shapes on a slide without altering their distance from each other just select all the shapes and group them. Then select the group, and follow the steps explained on this page.

See Also:

Align Shapes to Center of Slide in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Align Shapes to Center of Slide in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Align Shapes to Center of Slide in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

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