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How to Choose How Objects Overlap on Your PowerPoint 2007 Slides

On a PowerPoint slide with text boxes, shapes, graphics, and clip-art images, objects inevitably overlap, and you have to decide which PowerPoint object goes on top of the stack. Objects that deliberately overlap can be interesting and attractive to look at.

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When objects overlap, you run into the problem of placing one object in front of or behind the others. And when you’re dealing with three or four objects that overlap, things can get dicey.

PowerPoint offers four commands for handling objects in a stack:

  • Bring to Front: Places the object in front of all other objects in the stack.

  • Bring Forward: Moves the object higher in the stack.

  • Send to Back: Places the object behind all other objects.

  • Send Backward: Moves the object lower in the stack.

Select an object and use one of these techniques to give a Bring or Send command:

  • Home tab: Click the Arrange button and choose a Bring or Send option on the drop-down list.

  • Format tabs: Click the Bring to Front or Send to Back button, or else open the menu on one of these buttons and choose Bring Forward or Send Backward. Depending on the size of your screen, you may have to click the Arrange button before you can get to a Bring or Send command.

  • Right-clicking: Right-click an object, choose Bring to Front or Send to Back, and make a choice on the submenu.

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