Use a pen to move or resize objects

Increasingly users are working with pen-enabled devices like the Microsoft Surface when editing documents, workbooks or presentations. Traditionally working with objects like pictures or charts has meant having to use a mouse or touchpad, but now Office 365 allows you to use the pen to move, resize, or rotate those objects.

When you have an object selected in your document, workbook, or presentation, just hover over it with your digital pen to make the object handles appear. The handles are the little circles at the sides and corners:

To resize the object   

Hover the pen over a corner handle, then tap and drag in or out to make the object proportionally smaller or larger.

Hover the pen over a handle on the top or side, then tap and drag to change just the height or width.

To move the object   

Hover the pen over the middle of the object, and then tap and drag the move handle that appears.

To rotate the object   

Tap the curved arrow above the top of the object and drag the object around to rotate it as you like.

Use the handles on a selected object to move, resize or rotate that object


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On desktop and laptop computers, this is a subscriber-only, Office 365 feature. On tablet devices, it is available to everyone.

Applies to:

Word for Office 365, Excel for Office 365, and PowerPoint for Office 365 on Windows
Monthly Channel: Version 1701
 Semi-annual channels: Version 1705
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Word Mobile, Excel Mobile, and PowerPoint Mobile 
Monthly Channel: Build 16.7766

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