Find a hidden object

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Word

PowerPoint

Word

Objects automatically stack in separate layers as you add them. Sometimes the top object covers all of the objects beneath it and hides the object. When you see all the layers in a document, you can find the hidden objects.

  1. On the View menu, click Publishing Layout.

  2. On the Home tab, under Arrange, click Reorder.

    Publishing Layout View, Home tab, Arrange group

    If Reorder is not available

    Make sure that the document contains at least two object.

  3. Drag the layer with the hidden object forward, and then click OK.

See also

Align objects

PowerPoint

Objects automatically stack in separate layers as you add them. Sometimes the top object covers all of the objects beneath it and hides the object. When you see all the layers in a document, you can find the hidden objects.

  1. On the Home tab, under Format, click Arrange, and then click Reorder Objects.

    PowerPoint Home tab, Format group

    If Reorder Objects is not available

    Make sure that the document contains at least two object.

  2. Drag the layer with the hidden object forward, and then click OK.

    Notes: 

    1. In normal view, background graphics aren't shown as a layer. If you want to find a hidden background graphic, on the Themes tab, under Theme Options, click Background, and then click Show Background Graphics.

    2. If the object you are trying to bring forward or move back is not showing in the layers, the object might be part of the slide layout in Slide Master view.

See also

Align objects

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