Objects are the basic units that are used to create slides.
Textboxes where you type your text and shapes and pictures you draw with are all objects.
The important things to remember about PowerPoint is that everything is an object.
You can have a lot of objects on a single slide.
If you want to change the zoom percentage to edit part of a slide.
Select the object first, this way PowerPoint zooms in on that particular area of the slide.
If you want to be precise about lining up objects on a slide, use the ruler (View > Ruler).

Working with Objects

Slides are empty if they do not contain any objects.
Objects can be text placeholders, pictures, charts, autoshapes etc.
Sometimes fewer objects on a slide is better than too many.
Most of the objects on your slides will probably be text objects which allow you to display text on your slide.

Every slide has a slide layout that consists of one or more placeholders.
A placeholder is simply just an area on a slide that is reserved for a particular object.
For example a slide that uses the Title Layout has two placeholders for text objects; one for the title and another for the subtitle ??
You can use the Slide Layout task pane to choose the layout when you create new slides.

You can change the layout later if you want to and you can also add more objects.
It is possible to remove objects and to move and resize existing objects.

You can use the Drawing toolbar to add additional objects including autoshapes etc
Each object occupies a rectangular region on the slide, but you can see the outline of the object when you select it.
Objects can also overlap

Your slides will be blank until you place object into them.
The most common type of object is the Text Box. This will let you display text on your slides.

If "Snap to grid" is on then all movements are in row / column grid (one cell) increments. Your arrow keys produce matching nudge operations and Ctrl + arrow keys produce "Micro nudges" (one pixel increments). If neither "Snap to grid" or "snap to shapes" are on then all movements are one pixel increments.

When you draw an object, such as an autoshape the object fill be filled with the "fill" colour from the corresponding slide colour scheme and draws the outline using the "line" colour.
These can be changed using the buttons on the Drawing toolbar.

All the objects can be moved around on a slide.
It is possible to have a lot of objects on a single slide.

Adding Text

It is often better to type the text as part of the actual object when you want some text to appear inside the object.
This will also make the object easier to move and resize.
If you need to add text to an object just select the object and start typing.

If you need to resize the text just select the object and adjust the font size you can either use the font-size drop-down list on the Formatting toolbar or the (Format > Font) dialog box.

Hold down control to keep ratios when expanding or reducing
Changing the default settings

Shortcut Keys

(Ctrl + 1) - Displays the Format dialog box for the current object.
(Ctrl + G) - Displays the (View > Grid and Guides dialog box.
(Ctrl + Shift + C) - Copies the attributes from the current object.
(Ctrl + Shift + V) - Pastes the attributes from the current object.
(Ctrl + Arrow Keys) - Moves the current object a small amount.

Different Types of Objects

  • Text -

  • Drawings -

  • Graphs / Charts -

  • Organisation Charts - Display the structure of an organisation

  • ClipArt - Brighten up your text, wide wariety of images

  • Movies -

  • Sounds -

  • Tables - Useful for displaying statistics

  • WordArt - Special text effects

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