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How to Align Objects in Microsoft PowerPoint in 60 Seconds

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Using Microsoft PowerPoint alignment on the slides in your presentation gives it a cleaner, more professional look and feel. Learn what to do in this easy-to-implement tutorial.

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How to Quickly Align Objects in Microsoft PowerPoint

Note: Watch this short tutorial screencast or follow the quick steps below, that complement this video.

1. How to Use PowerPoint Align Guides

Getting alignment on a slide is really about creating a sense of visual rhythm. Let's learn more about it in Microsoft PowerPoint. As I start to click and drag an image, you'll see when I have it centered up thanks to these guides. These little lines are really showing you when you've got the image in the place that will have it centered.

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The PowerPoint alignment guides can help you see how your image is positioned on the screen.

You don’t have to do anything to access these options, just click and drag until you see them. And they kind of illustrate where the object sits proportionately to the edges and center of the slide.

2. How to Make Images Equidistant in PowerPoint

Let’s switch slides, and you’ll see three images here. The two on the outside edges aren’t equidistant from the one in the middle.

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Drag an image and use the PowerPoint alignment tools to make it equidistant to the others.

As I start drag one, you can see when I have positioned it so that it's equidistant thanks to these guidelines that show.

3. How to Align Text in PowerPoint

Now, you can also align content inside of boxes. For example, in text boxes, you might want to tweak the text and where it sits. In the text box, I'll make sure that I'm on the Home tab and find the Paragraph section on the menu.

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You can align text in PowerPoint using the tools in the Paragraph section of the menu.

You can click on center, for example, to center up the text of the box. Alignment is easy and really cleans slides up. You've just used the PowerPoint align tool to align text in PowerPoint.

Finishing Up!

Aligning objects on slides in Microsoft PowerPoint is a quick and easy way to make your presentations appear more professional.

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