Manipulate objects in layers

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Word

When you add an object, such as a text box, shape, or picture, to a document, the object is contained in an invisible layer. Objects automatically stack in separate layers as you add them. Layers are useful when you are creating visuals in your document because they let you stack multiple objects on top of each other and move them forward or back. For example, you can layer a 50% transparent rectangle on top of a picture of a hammer. If you have the rectangle layer in front, the hammer looks covered. If you have the rectangle layer in the back, the hammer appears to sit on top of the rectangle.

  1. On the View menu, click Publishing Layout.
  2. On the Home tab, under Arrange, click Reorder.

Publishing Layout View, Home tab, Arrange group

ShowIf Reorder is not available

  1. Drag the layer forward or backward to place it where you want it, and then click OK.

See also

Align objects

Find a hidden object

PowerPoint

When you add an object, such as a text box, shape, or picture, to a document, the object is contained in an invisible layer. Objects automatically stack in separate layers as you add them. Layers are useful when you are creating visuals in your document because they let you stack multiple objects on top of each other and move them forward or back. For example, you can layer a 50% transparent rectangle on top of a picture of a hammer. If you have the rectangle layer in front, the hammer looks covered. If you have the rectangle layer in the back, the hammer appears to sit on top of the rectangle.

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

PowerPoint Home tab, Format group

ShowIf Reorder Objects is not available

  1. Drag the layer forward or backward to place it where you want it, and then click OK.

 Note   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

Find a hidden object

 
 
Applies to:
PowerPoint for Mac 2011, Word for Mac 2011