Select individual objects on a slide

Select individual objects on a slide

Use the Select options in the Editing group at the far right end of the Home tab to see and select individual objects in PowerPoint:

Select in the Editing group
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Click the object to select it. If that does not select it, on the Home tab, in the Editing group, click Select and do one of the following:

  • To select all of the objects and placeholders on the slide, click Select All.

  • To select objects that are hidden, stacked, or behind text, click Select Objects, and then click and drag over the objects.

  • To open the Selection pane, where you can select, multi-select, show, hide, or change the order of objects, click Selection Pane, and then click the options that you want.

    Selecting a stacked object using the Selection pane
    In this example, we can easily select the Oval 5 shape in the Selection pane, whereas on the slide, Oval 5 is buried under the sun and triangle shapes.

After you have selected the object, you can apply PowerPoint commands and features to that object as usual.

Click the object to select it. If that does not select it, on the Home tab, in the Editing group, click Select and do one of the following:

  • To select all of the objects and placeholders on the slide, click Select All.

  • To select objects that are hidden, stacked, or behind text, click Select Objects, and then click and drag over the objects.

  • To open the selection pane, where you can select, multi-select, show, hide, or change the order of objects, click Selection Pane, and then click the options that you want.

    Select a stacked component
    In this example, we can easily select the Oval 4 shape from within the Selection and Visibility task pane, whereas on the slide, Oval 4 is buried under the sun, triangle, and connector shapes.

After you have selected the object, you can apply PowerPoint commands and features to that object as usual.

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