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PowerPoint Objects

After completing this module, you will be able to:


Every object has a border. Often the borders are invisible, and you don't see them on screen. Text objects normally have invisible borders, for example, because you normally don't want users to see the borders around your text. Watch this movie to learn how to manipulate an object's borders.

3D Effects

PowerPoint has 3D effects that you can use on AutoShape objects and WordArt objects to create some really cool special effects. Watch this movie to learn how to make 3D effects.

Flipping & Rotating

Objects can be flipped and rotated. This movie shows you how.

Size and Scale

Earlier in this tutorial, you learned how to size an object by dragging its handles. This movie shows how you can also resize an object by scaling it by a specific percentage.


To learn how to adjust the brightness and contrast of a picture, watch this movie.


A situation may arise in which the background color of a picture doesn't match the color scheme of the slide you're putting the picture on. You can often solve this problem by making that color be the transparent color. When a color is transparent, it doesn't paint the screen; instead, whatever color is on the slide beneath will show through. Watch this movie to learn how to set the transparent color.


Objects automatically stack in individual layers as you add them to a slide. Sometimes you'll want two or more objects to be grouped, however. Suppose you have a screen that builds as you click your mouse, displaying more information with each mouse click. On one of those mouse clicks, you might want more than one object to come on screen simultaneously. You can make that happen by grouping the objects. When objects are grouped, they will make their appearance on screen simultaneously. Watch this movie to learn how to group and ungroup objects.

Stacking Order

Objects automatically stack in individual layers as you add them to a slide. You see the stacking order when objects overlap, because the top object covers a portion of the objects beneath it. If an object disappears because you lose track of it in a stack, you can press TAB to cycle forward (or SHIFT+TAB to cycle backward) through the objects until the lost object is selected. You can move individual objects or groups of objects in a stack. Objects can move up or down within a stack one layer at a time, or you can move them to the top or bottom of a stack in one move. This movie shows you how.