Move a picture, shape, text box, or WordArt

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Overview of moving a picture, shape, text box, or WordArt

When you add pictures (picture: A file (such as a metafile) that you can ungroup and manipulate as two or more objects or a file that stays as a single object (such as bitmaps).), shapes, or other objects (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.) to your 2007 Microsoft Office system documents, they automatically stack in individual layers as you add them. You see the stacking order when objects overlap — the top object covers a portion of the objects beneath it.

Objects in stack

Stacked shapes showing overlap

You can move individual pictures, shapes, or other objects or groups (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.) of objects in a stack. For example, you can move objects up or down within a stack one layer at a time, or you can move them to the top or bottom of a stack in one move. You can overlap objects when you draw to create different effects.

 Note   For information on positioning a picture, text box, or WordArt, see Align or arrange a picture, shape, text box, or WordArt.

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Move a picture, shape, text box, or WordArt

Do the following for all programs listed in the Applies To at the top of the article.

  1. Click the picture (picture: A file (such as a metafile) that you can ungroup and manipulate as two or more objects or a file that stays as a single object (such as bitmaps).), shape, text box (text box: A movable, resizable container for text or graphics. Use text boxes to position several blocks of text on a page or to give text a different orientation from other text in the document.), or WordArt (WordArt: Text objects you create with ready-made effects to which you can apply additional formatting options.) that you want to move. If you click an object to select it and another object is selected instead, it may be because the other object is in the layer above the object that you’re aiming for. To change the order in which objects are stacked, see the Move a picture, shape, text box, or WordArt forward or backward section,
  2. Do one of the following:

 Notes 

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Move a picture, shape, text box, or WordArt that is inside an Excel chart

  1. Click the picture, shape, text box, or WordArt that you want to move.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • Drag the object to its new location.
    • To constrain an object so that it moves only horizontally or vertically, press and hold SHIFT while you drag the object.

 Note   When the object is inside the chart, you cannot use the arrow keys to move the object in small increments, and you cannot move the object beyond the chart borders. However, you can move the object outside the chart.

  1. Click the border of the picture, shape, text box, or WordArt that you want to move.
  2. Press CTRL-X to copy the object to the Clipboard and remove the object from the chart.
  3. Click outside the chart area, and then press CTRL-V.
  4. To move the object in small increments, press and hold CTRL while you press an arrow key

 Notes 

The incremental, or nudge, distance is a 1 pixel increment. What 1 screen pixel represents relative to the document area depends on the zoom percentage. When your document is zoomed in to 400%, 1 screen pixel is a relatively small nudge distance on the document. When your document is zoomed out to 25%, 1 screen pixel is a relatively large nudge distance on the document.

When you move the object outside the chart, the object will not move with the chart unless you group them. For more information, see Group or ungroup shapes, pictures, or other objects in Excel 2007.

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Move a picture, shape, text box, or WordArt forward or backward

Which program are you using?


Excel

If you have pictures (picture: A file (such as a metafile) that you can ungroup and manipulate as two or more objects or a file that stays as a single object (such as bitmaps).), shapes, or other objects (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.) that are grouped (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.) or stacked on top of each other, you can move objects or groups of objects up or down within the stack one layer at a time, or you can move them to the top or bottom of a stack in one move.

  1. Click the picture, shape, text box (text box: A movable, resizable container for text or graphics. Use text boxes to position several blocks of text on a page or to give text a different orientation from other text in the document.), or WordArt (WordArt: Text objects you create with ready-made effects to which you can apply additional formatting options.) that you want to move up or down in the stack. Try to click a part of the object that is not obscured by another object in the stack. If you can’t select the object that you want, you may need to move other objects that are currently above it in the stack first.
  2. Do one of the following
    • To move a picture, under Picture Tools, click the Format tab.
      Picture Tools, Format tab
    • To move a shape, text box, or WordArt, under Drawing Tools, click the Format tab.
      Drawing Tools, Format tab
  3. In the Arrange group, do one of the following:
    • To bring an object one step closer to the front, click the arrow next to Bring to Front, and then click Bring Forward.
    • To bring an object to the front, click the arrow next to Bring to Front, and then click Bring to Front.
    • To send an object one step toward the back, click the arrow next to Send to Back, and then click Send Backward.
    • To send an object to the back, click the arrow next to Send to Back, and then click Send to Back.

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Outlook

If you have pictures (picture: A file (such as a metafile) that you can ungroup and manipulate as two or more objects or a file that stays as a single object (such as bitmaps).), shapes, or other objects (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.) that are grouped (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.) or stacked on top of each other, you can move objects or groups of objects up or down within the stack one layer at a time, or you can move them to the top or bottom of a stack in one move.

  1. Click the picture, shape, text box (text box: A movable, resizable container for text or graphics. Use text boxes to position several blocks of text on a page or to give text a different orientation from other text in the document.), or WordArt (WordArt: Text objects you create with ready-made effects to which you can apply additional formatting options.) that you want to move up or down in the stack. Try to click a part of the object that is not obscured by another object in the stack. If you can’t select the object that you want, you may need to move other objects that are currently above it in the stack first.
  2. Do one of the following
    • To move a picture, under Picture Tools, click the Format tab.
      Picture Tools, Format tab
    • To move a shape, text box, or WordArt, under Text Box Tools, click the Format tab.
      Drawing Tools, Format tab
  3. In the Arrange group, do one of the following:
    • To bring an object one step closer to the front, click the arrow next to Bring to Front, and then click Bring Forward.
    • To bring an object to the front, click the arrow next to Bring to Front, and then click Bring to Front.
    • To send an object one step toward the back, click the arrow next to Send to Back, and then click Send Backward.
    • To send an object to the back, click the arrow next to Send to Back, and then click Send to Back.

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PowerPoint

If you have pictures (picture: A file (such as a metafile) that you can ungroup and manipulate as two or more objects or a file that stays as a single object (such as bitmaps).), shapes, or other objects (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.) that are grouped (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.) or stacked on top of each other, you can move objects or groups of objects up or down within the stack one layer at a time, or you can move them to the top or bottom of a stack in one move.

  1. Click the picture, shape, text box (text box: A movable, resizable container for text or graphics. Use text boxes to position several blocks of text on a page or to give text a different orientation from other text in the document.), or WordArt (WordArt: Text objects you create with ready-made effects to which you can apply additional formatting options.) that you want to move up or down in the stack. Try to click a part of the object that is not obscured by another object in the stack. If you can’t select the object that you want, you may need to move other objects that are currently above it in the stack first.
  2. Do one of the following
    • To move a picture, under Picture Tools, click the Format tab.
      Picture Tools, Format tab
    • To move a shape, text box, or WordArt, under Drawing Tools, click the Format tab.
      Drawing Tools, Format tab
  3. In the Arrange group, do one of the following:
    • To bring an object one step closer to the front, click the arrow next to Bring to Front, and then click Bring Forward.
    • To bring an object to the front, click the arrow next to Bring to Front, and then click Bring to Front.
    • To send an object one step toward the back, click the arrow next to Send to Back, and then click Send Backward.
    • To send an object to the back, click the arrow next to Send to Back, and then click Send to Back.

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Word

If you have pictures (picture: A file (such as a metafile) that you can ungroup and manipulate as two or more objects or a file that stays as a single object (such as bitmaps).), shapes, or other objects (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.) that are grouped (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.) or stacked on top of each other, you can move objects or groups of objects up or down within the stack one layer at a time, or you can move them to the top or bottom of a stack in one move.

  1. Click the picture, shape, text box (text box: A movable, resizable container for text or graphics. Use text boxes to position several blocks of text on a page or to give text a different orientation from other text in the document.), or WordArt (WordArt: Text objects you create with ready-made effects to which you can apply additional formatting options.) that you want to move up or down in the stack. Try to click a part of the object that is not obscured by another object in the stack. If you can’t select the object that you want, you may need to move other objects that are currently above it in the stack first.
  2. Do one of the following
    • To move a picture, under Picture Tools, click the Format tab.
      Picture Tools, Format tab
    • To move a shape, text box, or WordArt, under Text Box Tools, click the Format tab.
      Drawing Tools, Format tab
  3. In the Arrange group, do one of the following:
    • To bring an object one step closer to the front, click the arrow next to Bring to Front, and then click Bring Forward.
    • To bring an object to the front, click the arrow next to Bring to Front, and then click Bring to Front.
    • To send an object one step toward the back, click the arrow next to Send to Back, and then click Send Backward.
    • To send an object to the back, click the arrow next to Send to Back, and then click Send to Back.

 Tip   You also have the option of moving the object in front of or behind your text. After you click the arrow next to Bring to Front, click Bring in Front of Text. Conversely, to move the object behind your text, click the arrow next to Send to Back, and then click Send Behind Text.

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My picture, shape, text box, or WordArt is not moving where I want

Do the following for all programs listed in the Applies To at the top of the article.

When you draw, resize, or move a picture, shape, text box, or WordArt, it will align or "snap to" the nearest intersection of lines in the grid (grid: A set of intersecting lines used to align objects.), even if the grid is not visible, or snap to other shapes or objects (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.). If your shape or object does not move where you want, turn off the snap to options. For more information on turning off the snap to options, see Turn the snap to grid and snap to object options on or off.

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Applies to:
Excel 2007, Outlook 2007, PowerPoint 2007, Word 2007