Move an object

  1. Select the object (object: A table, chart, graphic, equation, or other form of information. Objects created in one application, for example spreadsheets, and linked or embedded in another application are OLE objects.), multiple selection (multiple selection: The process of selecting nonadjacent and adjacent files and objects.), or group (group: A collection of objects that behave as one for the purpose of moving, resizing, or rotating them. A group can be composed of multiple sets of groups.) that you want to move.
  2. Drag the object to its new location.


  • To constrain an object so that it moves only horizontally or vertically, hold down SHIFT while you drag the object.
  • If objects won't move to exactly where you want them, the Snap objects to grid option may be selected (View menu, Grids and Guides command). This option, which is turned on by default, aligns objects to the nearest intersection of the grid (grid: A set of intersecting lines used to align objects.) while you move them. To temporarily turn this option off, hold down ALT while you drag the object.
  • If you are working in PowerPoint and have difficulty moving an object, the object may have been created on the slide master. To move an object on the slide master, point to Master on the View menu, and then click Slide Master. On the slide master, click the object to select it, and then drag the object to its new location.

For additional information on moving objects in PowerPoint, read the Microsoft Knowledge Base article You cannot move or resize objects in diagrams or organization charts in PowerPoint 2002 or PowerPoint 2003.

Applies to:
Excel 2003, PowerPoint 2003