Align or arrange a picture, shape, text box, SmartArt graphic, or WordArt in PowerPoint 2007-2013

Align or arrange a picture, shape, text box, SmartArt graphic, or WordArt in PowerPoint 2007-2013

  1. Select the pictures, shapes, text boxes, SmartArt graphic, or WordArt that you want to align.

If Align options are unavailable, you may need to select an additional object.

To select multiple objects, click the first object, and then press and hold CTRL while you click the other objects.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • To align a picture, under Picture Tools, click the Format tab.
      Picture Tools, Format tab
    • To align a shape, text box, SmartArt graphic, or WordArt, under Drawing Tools, click the Format tab.

Drawing Tools, Format tab

  1. In the Arrange group, click Align, and then do one of the following:
    • To align the edges of the objects to the left, click Align Left.
    • To align the objects vertically through their centers, click Align Center.
    • To align the edges of the objects to the right, click Align Right.
    • To align the top edges of the objects, click Align Top.
    • To align the objects horizontally through their middles, click Align Middle.
    • To align the bottom edges of the objects, click Align Bottom.

 Notes 

  • To align one object to the slide, click Align to Slide.
  • When you align objects relative to each other by their edges, one of the objects remains stationary. For example, Align Left aligns the left edges of all selected objects with the left edge of the leftmost object — that is, the leftmost object remains stationary, and the other objects are aligned relative to it. If you align an object to a SmartArt graphic, the object is aligned to the leftmost edge of the SmartArt graphic, not to the leftmost shape in the SmartArt graphic.
  • Align Middle aligns objects horizontally through the middles of the objects and Align Center aligns objects vertically through the centers of the objects. When you align objects relative to each other by their middles or centers, the objects are aligned along a horizontal or vertical line that represents the average of their original positions. No object necessarily remains stationary, and all of the objects might move.
  • Depending on the alignment option that you click, objects will move straight up, down, left, or right, and might cover an object already located there. If you align your objects and find that they are stacked on top of each other, you can undo the alignment, and then move the objects to new positions before you align them again.